Nothing in this world lasts forever my friends, including Shutterfinger. This is to confirm that I've decided to lay it down, give it a rest, cease and desist, or in other words stop posting. I'd like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you who have supported me throughout the years, either through donations, comments, suggestions, encouragement, or just quiet readership. It's not something I take for granted.
If you're wondering why, here are my main reasons, in no particular order:
- I've accomplished everything I set out to do. I've had the chance to share my photographs along with what I know and what I've learned. One or two of my posts have gone viral. Readers have contributed positive and supportive comments. Some have even tossed a few bucks in my tip jar from time to time. It's been fun.
- There's not much incentive to continue. I've never been in it for the money, so there's no financial loss to stopping. If I ever feel the urge to express myself I can contribute as a guest blogger on one of the more popular photo blogs and without the pressure of regular upkeep.
- The Internet is awash with photo blogs. This is a good thing if you like reading photo blogs. There are plenty to choose from and practically all are free. It's not such a great thing if you're a photo blogger though, because it's hard to gain a readership and then once you gain one it's hard to maintain. Suffice it say that even if some of you are sad to see me go, you'll have plenty of other excellent blogs to choose from.
- I have other things I'd rather do. I'll keep shooting, needless to say. I'll also spend more time practicing and improving my guitar skills. Guitars are more fun and provide more satisfaction than cameras at this stage in my life.
This site will remain up for at least several more months for the benefit of anyone who happens to stumble on it or anyone who wants to browse the archives one last time. Anyone who wants to contact me can send a comment or e-mail me. You can find my e-mail address by visiting my Shutterfinger photo portfolio on Zenfolio.
If you have a particular interest in street photography, want me to notify you when my upcoming book is published, or are interested in buying a print or two, send me your e-mail address. I promise I won't spam you, add you to a mailing list, or give or sell your address to anyone else. In the meantime, here are a few farewell photos. I hope you like them. This may be the last post you read on Shutterfinger but it won't be the last you hear of Gordon Lewis (I hope). In the meantime, here's wishing you a restful holiday season and a joyous New Year.