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September 11, 2012


Your site is just fine the way it is. No need to post something because you feel you must for your readers. Most articles are interesting, some less, but I stil like to visit your site. Thanks. I will miss it if it would be gone.

Cor Groen, The Netherlands.

I do enjoy your writing and in particular the "non-review" pieces and I do empathize with you since the second before the last paragraph almost identically applies to my life as well!

I think it is most important that you enjoy writing about (your) photography. I hope you continue to enjoy it!


Adios, Gordo. I have enjoyed your blog, be it ever so infrequently updated. Family has to come first; focus there (in camera and in spirit).

Since I "discovered" you on The Online Photographer site, I have been a religious reader; I even visited the Tip Jar. I am quite content with the frequency of your posts, and I especially enjoy your explanations of why you shot what you shot and why you found the image special (or not). Even though you do not hear from me I want you to know that you are loved, and many of us would miss you if you were gone. No pressure...


Your blog is on my list of "must read" sites… always interesting and to the point. And even more importantly, your photography is very different than mine, providing me with new perspective and counterpoint. Keep on!

Gordon, I have really enjoyed your thoughtful perspectives on the art of photography. If I want equipment reviews, I can go elsewhere. I hope you'll keep writing for us, even if on a reduced schedule. Best wishes to you and your family.

I like to read your insights on photography. It reminds me of why I picked up a camera all those years ago. I don't really enjoy the gear reviews, it is mostly about equipment I don't/won't own and don't care about any way.
Thanks for the blog. I noticed that you hadn't posted but figured that you were busy (as we all seem to be).

As a fellow blogger, I completely sympathise with you, Gordon. However, I suspect that readers who don't blog just don't realise how tough it is coming up with original and entertaining topics and photographs on a regular basis. I, too, learned that there is little in the way of financial compensation unless you're prepared to post at least daily and, as you said, concentrate on gear, neither of which I'm willing or able to do.

I've had Google ads on a blog and affillate ads and barely made enough for a weekly cup of coffee even though my efforts were entertaining a couple of thousand readers on a weekly basis. This isn't about being mercenary but a little reward would be nice for the work. I'm still blogging but now I'm doing just what I please which is to write only about film and the darkroom because I've gone right off digital. My site is completely non-commercial as I knew it would be pointless being otherwise.

I think every blog should be an unofficial contract between the author and the readers. The writer provides the content and those who enjoy it should play their part and click on a few ad banners to show their appreciation. Too often, the author's work is taken completely for granted even though readers will claim otherwise. After all, we don't have to do this, do we?

Like for others, it's The Online Photographer to blame if I stumbled on your blog. I liked the photos, the photographic (vs. photo gear) perspective, the relaxing pace and I keep returning once in a while to see if there's something new to read and think about. Unfortunately I have a life too ;) and so the line from Kyle Cassidy applies perfectly - "The Truth Is You have too many cameras and you don’t take enough photographs." - even though I have only one camera... I like to think that if I'll ever come around Philly (not very likely since I live in Italy) I'll have a chance to meet the shutter "happy" finger that lives there!

Thank you!


You not spend too much time and space on gear is one reason I regularly scan for any new post on your blog pages.
By forces of circumstances I cannot afford to dream buying new equipment all the time or every time something new comes up. So there is no compulsion to read about gear. In such a situation your page is the best for me. Your page is the second bookmark for me after the Online Photographer. That is because I came across your page through "The Online Photographer"
Or else it would have been the first. I must say that the frequency of appearance or the lack of it has not perturbed me. I hope to continue to read your pages.

This is a great blog despite how frequently it's updated. At this point, it's been about two weeks, and I wouldn't necessarily call that infrequent. Some blogs are updated on a monthly schedule. Although others are done daily or even more frequently than that (such as mine). Update frequency has no relation to quality and reach, especially if your readership subscribes to your RSS feed, which is how I find out about your updates.

P.S. The photo included above is awesome.

The interest from reading your blog is inversely proportional to the frequency of your posts. So many bloggers are trying to produce miles and miles of platitudes and commonplaces by echoing the common wisdom, or to attract the audience by artificial controversies.
And above all we may quietly give you our confidence, which today is priceless.

I think your blog, though it may not attract the viewership of the gear blogs, is valuable for just that reason. The incidence of insightful blogs which highlight what it is to be a photographer are truly rare and all the more valuable to genuine readers for that.

Like everyone else, I get excited about new equipment appearing on the big gear sites, but the ones I save in my RSS reader to savor at a later time are the ones like yours.

I can imagine the pressure you feel to come up with an article every week, goodness knows I can hardly come up with something once a month for the 20 people who read mine, but if it is any comfort at all, I will be back to read your next post, next month, or next year even.

Take a break if necessary, but don't give up on it just yet.

Gordon, your site is one of my daily visits, in hope of finding a new post to reflect upon. I come specifically because it is about photography and not about the gear. Your images always provoke a response in me, and the accompanying blog, pose excellent insights into the act, craft, and art of photographing. Please do kept sharing your thoughts, even if somewhat irregular in timing. While we may have not posted a comment asking why you don't post more frequently , we are still out here waiting and reading. Actually, I assumed from previous posts that it was merely due life and all that it brings with it and did not want to be impolite or intrude. Blogs are about sharing and sharing is a gift to be appreciated unto itself.
As to this image - love it! The bold graphical nature of the composition, combined with the subject, in this case the walking man, imply many questions: where is he going or coming from? What is in the bag? What is he thinking? Is his stance one of a fast energetic stride or one of weariness....the longer I look, the deeper it draws me in. This is what has always appealed to me in "street photography". The capture of life as it happens, elevating a single moment in time, to a level of wonderment.

Hey Gordon,

I'm glad I found you earlier this year and emailing you to help me with B/W processing - and having so much help from you! I've been reading your blog ever since. Keep up the great work and keep inspiring fellow photographers! :)


Hi Gordon, I've been quietly following your blog for a while, and always appreciate your posts. I'm very much not a street photographer, but that makes your perspective on photography all the more interesting and a valuable counterpoint to the landscape stuff I mostly look at. Most photobloggers I follow go through quiet periods every so often (I certainly do), and I've learned that it's worth being patient until they get back in the mood. All that's to say, I certainly hope you keep blogging, but there's nothing wrong with a hiatus if you need it.


I look at your print, 'Precipitation' every day; it is up in my office, directly at eye level.
I hope you continue to blog and look forward to reading your posts, however infrequent.
I'm just starting the blogging process myself, with zero audience and a day job and find it daunting.
If you stop blogging I wish you well and intend to keep up with your photographs in some other way.
Take care.

Gordon, Your site is properly reflective, intelligent, and important to me. Please reconsider ending your blog.

I too visit your blog now and then, and enjoy beeing here, but I see your challenge in keeping it frequent and fresh as a one-man-task. I must admit that I recently have tought "hmmm... maybe too much similar content coming" (of course I'm not complaining, it's more of a constructive feedback). I realize that photographers often worship their "styles" of photo, but maybe it's time to break out of this and try somthing different? Also, maybe you could get company by a fellow, passionate, photographer to run this site together with you? That would both lighten the burden on you, and give the blog variation - just a tought.

>>"hmmm... maybe too much similar content coming"<<


I've been feeling the same way myself, which is one of the reasons that prompted the original post. That said, my interests and skills are broader than what's reflected in my blog posts. I can certainly diversify the content without drifting too far away from the blog's core identify. Thanks for the input.

Thanks also to everyone else who has taken the time to comment. As long as I still feel as if I have something worth writing about and you're interested in reading about it on my schedule, all is well in the land of Shutterfinger.

Please keep that photo-centric approach. We have more than enough gear reviews out there. And the pressure to blog every day is almost a guarantee that quality will suffer. I like to visit here from time to time, and the pace of new posts is absolutely fine.

Didn't we talk once about film and scanning and stuff? That topic still interests me a lot; I wonder if there is more public interest in it. BTW, I still shoot M6, nothing better out there (unless you really learn exposure and can use an M3 ;-)

I read every post. They're all great, and I don't mind if they're infrequent. That's what RSS is for. If you want a bigger audience the way to go is of course to join a larger site, and I'm sure there are many that would have you.

I enjoy your blog, which I, like many others, discovered through TOP. I bought one of your prints for my photo collection and started reading Shutterfinger to get an idea of your thought process. I've found it to be a valuable experience. Based on one of your posts, I took the plunge and created a photobook using MyPublisher. I gave the book to friends as a gift, which was a big hit with my extended family last holiday season. Your prose has gotten better over the years too, due (I guess) to the discipline of writing regularly for an online audience, and that inspires me to try blogging on my own. So, I guess I'm saying I hope you decide to continue. Maybe you've generated more positive effects than you imagined. Good luck.

There are plenty of sites for equipment reviews. What I like to read are articles that are reflective on photography. Sometimes it's nice to read a "real life camera experience" related to a particular piece of kit, too. It doesn't really matter if the equipment reviews get more comments; it may just mean people are more opinionated on equipment, while being happier to absorb (and reflect on) more reflective stuff. I say, keep it up if you can!

Hi Gordon

it's rare to find insights like yours on the web and I have enjoyed every post on your blog.

I think one of the issues plaguing our modern world is the addiction to novelty as well as the culture of visibility. A need for validation in the public forum which is the internet/facebook combined to this addiction for the latest and greatest leaves no room for meditation, analysis or artistry. Instead, we're subconsciously prompted to look for the next hit, over and over and over.

I will understand if you are feeling like you're talking in the desert and want to focus on other things. Whatever you decide, know that I and many here have really appreciated your wonderful blog. My wish is that you continue to share your views as they are an inspiration to those who haven't totally fallen to photo consumerism.

Thank you

SK, Wellington, New Zealand.

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