A very Happy Christmas, or Happy Holiday to all of you reading this blog. Whatever your persuasion or religion I hope the holiday season will offer you some respite from the madness of consumerism. An opportunity to be with family and relax.
Today – 23rd December is apparently dubbed Panic Tuesday. We’ve already had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Each day qualified by the amount of money expected to be spent and the number of people calculated to be spending it. The nation seems to be gripped by a siege mentality, and behaves collectively as if the shops will be closed for at least a week. Not only that but the numbers of people in the supermarkets make one think that the whole population of Scotland must have come south for the holiday. But roughly speaking some of ours have gone elsewhere, and a few of theirs have come to us. We buy items of food we would never consider eating at any other time of the year purely because tradition dictates it. And when we all crawl out of bed bleary-eyed on Boxing Day, or the day after, and survey the content of the fridge and all the half empty jars, cartons and bottles therein we will realize that we’ve over-spent, over-stocked and we promise ourselves we’ll never get caught up in this frenzy of spending ever again. But next year we will do precisely the same all over again.
Sixty years ago when I was a small boy, it seemed so different. Christmas was a time of great excitement. It happened – I was largely unaware of the rush and the pressure that the season created. Sixty years ago, consumerism was not the God that we worship today and the UK was still recovering from WW2. Austerity was evident by what was spent. People in those days spent within their means. Credit cards didn’t exist. There is austerity today (or so we are constantly reminded), but that doesn’t stop the spending – it just accumulates as debt.
Amidst all the pressures of life, one of my great joys (and not just at Christmas, but at any time of the year), is to sit quietly for a half hour or so and view the daily gallery of images that comes my way from those of you whose blogs I follow. Thank you for the inspiration your work brings to me.
Thanks also to all of you who follow this blog, and especially to those who ‘like’ and comment and make suggestions about what you see on my posts. We are all part of a great on-line community that spans the globe united by the common pleasure we derive from photography. I’ve been blogging for three years now, and I still regard my decision to start a blog as one of the smartest things I’ve done photographically speaking.
This will probably be my last post of 2014, but I will see you all again in the New Year. In the meantime my kindest regards to you all.