With the Daleks taking some time off, I have started a brand new iPhone Project 365 — and there is nary a mechanized being in sight. (Well, so far anyway.) This year I’ve turned my attention to photos showing patterns, abstracts and details, so I invite you swing by and take a look at my new blog, “Do You See What I See?“
And now a complete surprise out of the blue. Louis from VA (aka the Window Philosopher) has done me the honor of nominating this Dalek blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Wow. When I started this blog last year, I thought this silliness would find a very niche audience consisting primarily of a small core of particularly patient and understanding family and friends. So to have the blog nominated for an award is simply outstanding. A big thank you to Louis – I am both humbled and flattered.
Anyway, I better get on with the award process before the orchestra starts playing me off.
First of all, I’d like to thank the Academy and of course all my fellow nominees…
Wait, what? There is a protocol I’m supposed to follow for this award? Okay, let me start again…
The first thing I’m supposed to do is thank the person who nominated me and include a link to their blog. It is my pleasure to do so and thank you once again Louis from VA. And if you’re not already following Louis’ blog, then you really need to start. His “random thoughts about stuff” is always entertaining and interesting, and delivered with the right amount of humor. Check it out now.
Hmmm…now I’m supposed to list 7 facts about myself. Okay, here goes…
- I come from the land Down Under
- Continuing the song theme, the absolute love of my life is a delightful Kentucky Woman. I still don’t know how I got so lucky to meet her some 20+ years ago. One thing’s for sure, she’s a remarkably patient person to put up with me photographing Daleks all last year. 🙂
- My primary hobby is photography (iPhone of course, but I also use a Nikon DSLR, an ever expanding collection of “plastic’ film cameras, and as of about month ago, a wonderful Yashica Twin Lens Reflex that dates from the early ‘70’s.)
- My other recent interest is roasting coffee at home, which I’m doing on a weekly basis. Trying beans from around the world is simply good – and tasty – fun.
- Related to that, I was fortunate to receive a Chemex coffee maker for Christmas. This joins the French press and Moka pot I already use for making coffee. Just what I needed, right? Another hobby (besides photography) that has a plethora of gadgets!
- If you can’t tell already, I always enjoy learning new things. I’m of the school of thought that you don’t have to become a master of everything you try, you just need to have a go. And if it brings you joy, why not?
- It’s really hard to come up with 7 random facts about myself!
The next step is nominating 5 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. Tricky. Every blog that I follow brings me a measure of delight, so it would be easier and fairer to nominate everyone on my list. But rules are rules, so here are my 5 picks. I don’t know if these other bloggers go in for the awards thing, but regardless, they should know how much I enjoy their work and creativity. Everyone should be following these blogs! So, in no particular order, I nominate:
The World We Know — West517’s combination of stunning photos and thoughts make her posts compelling reading and viewing. Every. Single. Time.
iPhotography by iRoswell — This self described “alien” seems to currently be on sabbatical, but I hope he returns soon. He’s another expert at marrying compelling images with words. Definitely worth checking out his back catalog and following in anticipation of his future work.
SpeedDemon 2 Photography – Nick is putting in a yeoman’s effort to document the bridges project in Louisville, and I am in complete awe of what he has achieved so far. The top notch photography alone would be remarkable enough, but his commitment to tell the stories of those involved make this a project and a half. My hat’s off to Nick.
Pinholistically Yours – As someone who is dabbling again in film photography (including pinhole), the creative expression found on this blogger’s site is truly inspirational. Experimental and unique, the work on this site never disappoints.
Pete’s Mild Place – Last on this list, but by no means least. Pete has been a friend since childhood and he was a big part of sparking my initial interest in photography, and for that I will always be grateful. It’s been a while since Pete has updated his blog (hint, hint!), but his natural talent and skills are abundantly evident in the work that he has posted so far. He has such a great eye and technique that the world deserves to see much more of his work on his blog (hint, hint again!)
Okay, final step…
You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you. I’m already following Louis and I guess I can pick up the award logo image from his site, so I’ll say that’s “check and check.”
Thanks once again to everyone who has followed my work, and also to all of the bloggers whose work I follow and enjoy. Here’s to another banner year of blogging to us all!
The day has finally come. D-Day for the Daleks (Departure Day, that is.) They insisted on sharing a Chinese meal before they left, noting that “parting is such sweet-and-sour sorrow.” Then in a flash they disappeared back into the time and space continuum from whence they came, their work here done. Where will they show up next?
A note from Matt: To everyone who has been following these Dalek adventures over the past 365 days — THANK YOU! I could never have imagined when I started this project that I’d have people from 49 countries across the globe viewing the activities of these two little robots. Your views and comments have been immensely gratifying and humbling, and I so appreciate your support throughout this endeavor. And while the daily photos of the Daleks have definitely come to end, there’s a chance they could still make an appearance every now and again. After all, what’s a series without the occasional special popping up every now and again? 🙂
(Apps used: Pro Cam 2, Power Cam, Snapseed, Superimpose, Pixlr, Be Funky Pro)
With 364 days of experience with people behind them, I asked my visitors what makes Daleks think they are superior to humans. One of them projected the image below onto a nearby wall.
“Well, for one thing, unlike you, Daleks never lose their train of thought.”
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(Apps used: Pro Cam 2, Snapseed, PS Express)
Today the Daleks asked to return to the beach to do one last piece of research on human behavior. “We want to get a better understanding of what ‘pier pressure’ really feels like.”
(I’m not sure who is reading their “research,” but I hope they all take it with a grain of salt. Or sand, as the case may be…)
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(Apps used: Pro Cam 2, Snapseed, Jazz. And you probably won’t believe how much time went into making that pier!)
It was a moment of astonishment for the Daleks today when I served them donuts. Which was quickly followed by an admonishment. “Why on earth did you wait until the last Sunday of the year to introduce us to this delicious hole-y food?”
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(Apps used: Pro cam 2, Snapseed, Photo Toaster)
The Daleks were in a ebullient mood today. “While all of your kind has been in a post-Christmas state of relaxation, we’ve been getting important stuff done,” they declared this afternoon.
“Like what?,” I asked.
“How about gathering photographic evidence of life on Mars for a start?,” they retorted.
And you know, for a moment (until I saw their photo), they almost had me. Almost.
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(Apps used: Pro Cam 2, Snapseed, Superimpose, Pixlr, Photo Toaster, Laminar)