Time to go...

March 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

It’s my final afternoon in Bangkok and I’m taking it easy after a late morning and a few hours picture editing to continue the massive task of rebuilding my website. I’m sat outside a favourite bar enjoying a last Thai Red curry, a beer, a bit of people watching and a bit of blogging. The weather here is hot, cloudy and humid. The brief shower of rain we had earlier hasn’t helped at all. Still, in less than 24 hours time I’m going to be embracing a very different climate...

 It’s odd to think that I’ll be back in the UK tomorrow after so long here in Asia. I come here that often that it’s easy to settle in as it’s more of a second home than anything.  Mostly, it suits me, although I do find the pace of work frustrating at times. Trying to arrange interviews and get wheels turning takes far longer than it does in Europe so I didn’t get to do all the things I wanted or get to all the places. My extended sojourn in Malaysia meant that I never made it to India this time - although a cancelled conference didn’t help!  Still, I’m not really complaining, I’m happy that I have a job that gives me so much flexibility and allows me to do these things. It’s (literally) a world away from my old occupation of managing council estates in London!

Whilst I was waiting for pictures to upload I read an online article by award winning photojournalist Dan Chung who sees no future in photojournalism. So much so the he’s quit working for the Guardian, embraced video and moved to China. I can see where he’s coming from and it didn’t make comfortable reading. I’m grateful that my work crosses over into advertising and the commercial world as I suspect he’s right. ‘Evolve or die’ was his message. Evolving is something a lot of us Brit’s tend not to be too good – we’re far too much in thrall to the past. Personally, like Dan, I heard this message a while ago. It’s one of the reasons I’ll be getting the new, video capable, Nikon D4 when I get back...

2012 is going to be a very busy year.


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