A Year Fades…

31 Dec


I took the first picture of my Posterous series in the garden on February 1st. I’ve taken the last of the series from the edge of my garden, watching the world rush past. Pushing and shoving their way to organised frivolity. No pause for breath. The only hesitation being for a bumper bar in front that slows the frenetic pace for a second.
And so a strange and unsettled year comes to a subdued close. I’m not sure what to make of 2011 yet. It may come to me somewhere down the road.
I was never fussed about the ‘365 day’ challenge. My task was to start and finish on the dates I chose from the beginning. I’ve done that. It has been fun, illuminating, satisfying, frustrating, challenging and cathartic from beginning to end. I didn’t think it would be what it has been.
I will now take a break for January 2012 and think about what the next challenge will be.
In no major order, thank you to ATD, mrpbps, Mum, AJK, Alannah King, Jo Fothergill, Nigel Holloway, the Mason family, Tara TJ, Barb Reid, Michael Fawcett, Jad, Dad, Pete L, Mel Cashen, Kathleen M, Kelly J, Kim Yeomans, Jo D, Bernadette D, Rae B, Hayden, Matt H, Jinn James, Abbey L, Laura, Maree K, Dave Hopps, Claire B, Lavars, Mel H, The Lynch, Alex F, Watto, Tim Mc, Marcelle, Cara & Luke, Leah W, Katie M, Paul M, Leigh M, Amy & Luke, James Crabtree, Tracey Frigo, Marsha, Lois S, The PE Planning Daily, Sam I, Kieran Coyle, Joseph Quigley, Wayne & Jo, Heath Mc, Glen S, Laurel, Tessa, Blanche, Pella World, Lauren & Locky, Nick P, Sarah J, Nicole L, Belinda Mc, Brendan Vanderkley, Hilary F, Jenny Ashby, Loretta D, Rhianna, Andy W, Ezekiel Ox, Claire J, Ellen C, Jodie K, Judith Way, Fiona McDonald, Helen Otway & the Posterous people for being so quick to reply to questions. If I have missed you, my apologies. All of you have shown an interest along the way by liking an entry, leaving a valued comment, bringing it up in a conversation or quietly perusing for yourselves. It was all very kind.
Fare thee well for now…


Posted by on December 31, 2011 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “A Year Fades…

  1. Richard Mason

    January 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Rick, thank you for your fantastic photos and wonderful insights. I shall miss your wonderful words and art. I have learnt a lot about photography from you. In a very busy and confused life, it is refreshing to see that the world has some quality thinkers. I hope I speak for some of the community that follows you and that you find the inspiration to continue your blog after perhaps a well earned break. Amazing work is amazing – keep amazing us! Your friend, Richard

  2. Anonymous

    January 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve not only appreciated the photos but also the thoughtful writing – I’ve paused and re-read many of your posts – they’ve made me think about and reassess myself many times.Have a refreshing break – I look forward to seeing what you come up with for 2012.

  3. Anonymous

    January 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Richard and Jo, very kind words indeed. I am humbled but also extremely happy to know that readers have got lots out of the series. I am already turning over ideas in my head about the next project. It will be hard to change the process too much because I really do love writing the pieces and working on the photos. Although I am taking a break, let it be known that I am still capturing pics and January 2012 will have to be documented in one way or another. Once again, I have read both your comments more than once and am absolutely grateful for them.Thanks again for your support over the year.Rick

  4. Anonymous

    January 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Cheers. We’ll be waiting here for you after your sabbatical.

  5. Anonymous

    January 3, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Posterous is blocking this comment so I am pasting it below. A final and much appreciated comment for 2011 from my friend AJK…AJK just commented on the post "A Year Fades…" on mrrakt’s iPhone 4 posterous challenge: The beauty of loss comes in the regaining; and that which is lost and so desperately longed for is so much more beautiful when it returns after you’ve had to fight so hard to reclaim it. A fridge can be a machine to keep food cool, or a harbinger of inspiring words; a lavender hedge can be a reminder of devastating heartbreak, or the beautiful buzz of the changing seasons. We see things exactly how we wish to- as they are, were, or could be- as we do the ending of one year and the beginning of the next. It may come to you somewhere down the road, it also may not…but keep walking and enjoying the beautiful view because every garden, no matter how drab or glorious, harbours its own secret treasures for us to find and make of what we will.

  6. Anonymous

    January 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    i cant believe its over, so used to the daily pics have i become, it seems a bit alien to think of life without them. but, you have inspired me to try it myself, not sure how long it’ll last since i tend to blog very occasionally, but, that is my new years resolution, to live up to your standards. happy new year 🙂 (even though its a tad late)

  7. mrrakt

    January 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the kind comment Pete. I’ve enjoyed the break over the past week although I have still been taking pics. I’ve almost sorted out what I’ll do for this year starting at the end of this month. Looking forward to sharing this year.Cheers.


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