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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here

"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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The ability to share impressions, images and snapshots of peoples lives on Moblog was for a long time the sole reason that my photography improved. That's because I've always wished for better ways to share the way I see the world and to see more of the world through others' eyes.Moblog has kindled the fires of my passion for photography. I've a long way to go and am working hard on improving. Even so my images are in adverts, conference stands, brochures and exhibitions. They accompany the pieces that I and others write. Strangers have offered to pay for portraits and I've even been commissioned to do photo-only journalism assignments.

So thank you Mat, Alfie and JC Million for making it possible. Thanks also to the rest of the moblog team and mods.

And thank you mobloggers.

Because it's mobloggers who make this site. You've taught me so much and it's you who make me want to stay. I am moved by your generosity, impressed by your inclusiveness and respect your consistency, actions, words and the way that you show that you care.

My life is richer as a result.

Thank you.

akp says:

Nicely said - cheers!

11th Jun 2008, 23:37

Steve says:

Happy blogday

11th Jun 2008, 23:43

beth says:

happy moblog day too :)

I'm glad this place has been an essential part of your visual communication development! It's a great place this.


11th Jun 2008, 23:49

nige says:

very succinct. happy birthday.

11th Jun 2008, 23:53

Kostika says:

Happy 3 years. This place is pretty special and you help make it that way too.

11th Jun 2008, 23:55

Happy anniversary! That's so awesome!

It took me more than five years of blogging before anyone was really prepared to publish anything I wrote on paper.... You're way ahead of the curve!



11th Jun 2008, 23:58

Jesson says:

Here, Here!

Happy moblog day. :-)

12th Jun 2008, 00:11

kyoob says:

it's been amazing to follow you through the years.

Here's to the next 3 :)

12th Jun 2008, 00:12

Viv says:

it benefits us all

happy anniversary!

12th Jun 2008, 00:18

Judo-Jule says:

Yay! Congratulations!

12th Jun 2008, 00:22

Dhamaka says:

thanks all
*raises glass - cheers to you!

12th Jun 2008, 00:40

factotum says:

*clinks glasses

12th Jun 2008, 01:09

lilitiger says:

Happy birthday! And thank you for posting inspiring pictures, and now this inspiring story.

12th Jun 2008, 01:28

ookiine says:

Happy moblog Bday!

12th Jun 2008, 02:18

silar31 says:

Happy moblogversary D! :)

12th Jun 2008, 02:27

yay, bloggy hapyad!

12th Jun 2008, 03:27

phoenix says:

Wow - all that from one suggestion ;) such is serendipity eh ? ;)

12th Jun 2008, 04:10

CHESO says:

Congratulations! Happy birthday!
Beautiful words!
And thank you Mat, Alfie, JC Million and You D :)

12th Jun 2008, 04:48

angie says:

Happy blog birthday! It's been wonderful knowing you too!

12th Jun 2008, 05:51

bronxelf says:

Happy blogday!

12th Jun 2008, 06:28

A gazillion of kisses being blown your way! Thanks for the PM xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

12th Jun 2008, 06:57

JokerXL says:

Aw, nicely said D, Happy MobblyBloggyday, Three is a great age to be.
I've enjoyed following your life immensely these past 3 years, a huge bonus was having met you a number of times, I consider you a dear friend.
Here's to many more Moblogging years, Prost!

12th Jun 2008, 07:35

winespy says:

many happy returns xx

12th Jun 2008, 07:42

Toddy says:

Well Dhamaka I'm not sure what I can say that someone here hasn't already.........what I will say however is that it has been, is and always will be a pleasure to see the fantastic images you produce both for pleasure and work.

We'll all sit her jealous of you as you get to do your favourite hobby as a job and make such a fantastic job of it. ;-)

Happy MoBlogBirthday.......x

12th Jun 2008, 08:10

SaharaSB says:

happy moblog birthday Dhamaka! Ive neglected my photos recently, must take some today - that is my task for the day ! :)

12th Jun 2008, 08:19

paintist says:

heres hoping you continue to post your beautiful photos on moblog for a long time, happy moblogbirthday :-)

12th Jun 2008, 08:31

chris says:

Happy Moblog Birthday!

Have just checked and I'm 4 in October! How time flies!

12th Jun 2008, 08:38

Carpe NLI says:

Woot happy 3rd birthday D.

Hats off to you madame, or should that be bonnet :)

Cool photo to celebrate with !

12th Jun 2008, 08:38

Essitam says:

3 cheers for moblog!

WOOP happy Birdhday!! Nicely put D!!

12th Jun 2008, 08:45

540air says:

Happy Bloggiversary indeed. Here's to many more!! :)

12th Jun 2008, 08:46

Jig along says:

Hi [NAME],

[INSERT EVENT NAME] is a special day. That's why I wrote this special message for you. I could have simply copied and pasted a [INSERT EVENT NAME] message from the internet, but I chose to write a special message that's as individual as you are.

So [NAME], have a unique and enjoyable [INSERT EVENT NAME], because life is all about being different, not conforming to the template.


12th Jun 2008, 08:46

Jig along says:

Bugger, It should read

Hi Dhamaka

A moblog birthday is a special day. That's why I wrote this special message for you. I could have simply copied and pasted a moblog birthday message from the internet, but I chose to write a special message that's as individual as you are.

So D, have a unique and enjoyable moblog birthday because life is all about being different, not conforming to the template.


12th Jun 2008, 08:50

Joe says:

Cheers C, and keep up the good work, this place wouldn't be the same without you


12th Jun 2008, 08:53

Essitam says:

LOL @ Jig Along

12th Jun 2008, 09:02

anonymous says:

Happy mobirthday!

What a great shot to celebrate it.

12th Jun 2008, 09:02

daz says:

Happy moblog birthday! :)

12th Jun 2008, 09:04

rhys says:

Indeed, happy moblog birthday!

12th Jun 2008, 09:12

Craft says:

Hurrah for Happy Birthdays!

12th Jun 2008, 09:16

seaneeboy says:

Splendid. Moblog is indeed richer for having such a positive character and great photographer (in that order) around.

Happy Mobliversary!

12th Jun 2008, 09:25

Jane Doe says:

My first memory of you is a photo from Stansted airport, just before you went on a trip to Spain. Fair bit of water under the bridge since then! The candid photo you took of me at geo's is still one of my all time faves

12th Jun 2008, 09:40

walla_walla says:

Well done....... You have definitely have been to an inspiration to a lot of the moblogers and deserve all opportunities that you get from the site. Happy blogday :)

12th Jun 2008, 09:48


Shine on

12th Jun 2008, 09:53

kel says:

Happy moblog birthday!

I'm really glad to have met you through this.

12th Jun 2008, 10:06

billion says:

three years, eh? that's longer than some marriages, shorter than most phds, and just the right length of time to have a blog that's more satisfying than a marriage or a phd. something like that.

sweet words d, and sentiments. congrats...


12th Jun 2008, 10:12

anonymous says:

Bon anniversaire :-) Moblog is special becaus e of the people :-) and their love of photography and sharing. Too many more xx

12th Jun 2008, 10:33

minkey says:

that was me ;-)

12th Jun 2008, 10:34

Helen says:

Congratulations! This place has certainly changed my life in a few ways too.

I'm sure the photography will keep on and keep on coming.

12th Jun 2008, 10:45

Alfie says:

Honey, you've brought so much to this community, thanks for everything, and happy moblog bday!

12th Jun 2008, 10:47

Dhamaka says:

Thank you everyone - here's hoping...

12th Jun 2008, 11:04

tullis says:

What a beautiful photo to celebrate it with as well.
I'd like to add that it's delightful to see what jumps out at you and into your camera.

Peoples' 'eyes' work so differently and this is a fine place to let everyone know how you see the world.

Keep up the snapping D.

12th Jun 2008, 11:08

spongevid says:

happy moblirthday!!! I know i don't comment much but i do always look at your photos coz they're always to lovely! keep up the stunning work!! xx

12th Jun 2008, 11:16

095 nli says:

well, there isn't much more that I can add to your own and all the other comments, except maybe that you do give back quite a lot to this comunity, and if you get back even only 10% of what you give, then there's an awful lot coming your way

and LOL @JigAlong indeed

12th Jun 2008, 11:17

Dhamaka says:

thank you!
(still trying to think of a witty repost to Jigalong... maybe it'll arrive after a meal)

12th Jun 2008, 11:25

OJ says:

Happy Birthday.

12th Jun 2008, 11:38

ElphsHouse says:

Happy moblogiversary, D!

12th Jun 2008, 13:34

crickson says:

Awww Happy blog birthday! Thank you for all the great pics and showing me bits of the world I haven't seen (yet)!

*Hugs D

12th Jun 2008, 13:45

mara says:

you are THE BEST

12th Jun 2008, 13:46

eroika says:

Happy mobirthday! I've been remiss and haven't been around as much as I'd like, hopefully I'll have more time to share this summer. Keep it up, it inspires me to get off my tush and take some pictures! :-)

12th Jun 2008, 14:55

Spiderbaby says:

A very happy Moblog birthday to you! It's been really great getting to know you and so many others because of you and Moblog UK. Here's to the future :)

12th Jun 2008, 15:36

still life says:

hey! happy moblogday!
this pic is stunning btw!

12th Jun 2008, 15:42

Dhamaka says:

thank you - I don't ever remember seeing the sun reflected on a car bonnet like that before. It took ages to get an image that was even a tiny percentage as impressive as it was on the car..

12th Jun 2008, 17:22

MaggieD says:

Hey, ace pic, very fitting for the occasion ... what can I say that has not been said before? ..... you have given a lot, and because of that you have received a lot (such is the nature of Moblog) ...... but most importantly you have made a difference ...... happy moblog birthday ! ... Keep on Blogging :)

12th Jun 2008, 17:58

harimanjaro says:

Reflective words and photo. Fabulous. Congratulations on three picture-packed years. You've summed up a lot of my feelings about moblog, I might hae to steal some of those words for my next mobirthday ;-)

12th Jun 2008, 21:11

Dhamaka says:

Thank you!

12th Jun 2008, 21:21

EJ says:

Happy Anniversary!
You take beautiful pictures....thanks for sharing them.

12th Jun 2008, 21:29

Dhamaka says:

thank you, too

12th Jun 2008, 21:55

Uber Spy says:

Happy Blogbirthery! If it wasn't for Moblog we'd never have met! Thanks for sharing, and for your kindness & generosity, Big kiss X

12th Jun 2008, 22:38

Dhamaka says:

and to you too X

12th Jun 2008, 23:42

I hope I'm not the only one who likes the picture above? :-)

moblogging aniversary...

come on! it's only 3 years! too little.
when you'll be here for 33 years, that would be more inmpessive! could you just imagine that in some 50 years we would be all a century of age with long white hair, hunting for crows and interesting pictures on the street, sitting here blogging with bloody wonderful pictures each HL-ed, and our grand-mo-children would watch our stories through photos in here, not in family albums, 'cause here is our REAL eveyday life that we really want to remember... almost crying (sorry for my french)

13th Jun 2008, 07:06

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Stella - A very few have commented on it but I think the image got lost because of the message

The image you paint with your words is wonderful :)

13th Jun 2008, 07:32

will ask bfish to work on it in photoshop :-)

13th Jun 2008, 07:48

Dhamaka says:


13th Jun 2008, 07:53

anonymous says:

it been so nice getting to know you, and that goes for all you wonderful mobloggers (and Sprocket) out there!

13th Jun 2008, 08:42

gill1109 says:

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met de verjaardag van je prachtige blog!

x R

13th Jun 2008, 10:53

Dhamaka says:

anon - who are you
Hartlijke bedankt Richard

13th Jun 2008, 16:55

Caine says:

Oh, happiest of Mobirthday's to you, Dhamaka! My life wouldn't be same without you in it. :) Here's to many more more moments, many more photos.

14th Jun 2008, 03:04

Dhamaka says:

thank you Caine - I feel the same about you

14th Jun 2008, 18:06

hype says:

happy mobirthday!

15th Jun 2008, 19:06

midlife says:

DHAMAKA. Thank you for sharing. You are so right. I am connected too. HAPPY MOBLOG BIRTHDAY! :-)

16th Jun 2008, 05:26

Dhamaka says:

always a pleasure to share with you midlife

16th Jun 2008, 06:56

jc1000000 says:

What alfie said. But also thanks for all the other bits of support & advice you've given me personally from journalism to travelling. Happy blogday!

16th Jun 2008, 10:47

Dhamaka says:

a pleasure JCmillion and thank you

16th Jun 2008, 11:26

itchymoblog says:

Happy Birthday! Enjoying your photos as much as ever.

18th Jun 2008, 18:19

Dhamaka says:

thank you Itchy

18th Jun 2008, 22:42

lps says:

A little bit late but, here I go:

Congratulations for this 3 years... I hope to see your shots, those fantastic little pieces of your life, for three more years and even more! Thanks for sharing all them with us!

22nd Jun 2008, 11:28

Dhamaka says:

Never late lps, thank you

22nd Jun 2008, 19:51

Whoops... A bit late to this, but happy belated moblirthday! Looking forward to another 12 months of fantastic photos!

23rd Jun 2008, 01:22

Dhamaka says:

thank you Rare... thank you and I'm just glad you commented!

23rd Jun 2008, 07:35

looker says:

Your photos have made me look at life differently. I look forward to seeing more of them and all the adventures of mobloggers. It is a great way to get away, with out all the stress of traveling. Happy belated moblog bday!!

28th Jun 2008, 05:49

Dhamaka says:

that's a lovely thing to say Looker - thank you!

28th Jun 2008, 12:26

yoshiko says:

What a impressive picture!
I really moved :)
And I'm sorry I haven't been here for a long time!

3rd Jul 2008, 13:32

Dhamaka says:

domo arigato Yoshiko-san
it is great to see you here again!

3rd Jul 2008, 19:30

Euphro says:

A very belated Happy Moblirthday! - the place wouldn't be the same without you. Always wonderful pictures, some, like the drying tomatoes from Argentina, unique in my experience, and always a thoughtful and thought-provoking perspective. Here's to reaching Stella's milestone!

(Ironic that I have to go to St Petersburg to find the time to finally make an entry) :)

7th Jul 2008, 08:57

Dhamaka says:

thank you Euphro, they're lovely words

ironic indeed, but it's great to see you around again

7th Jul 2008, 10:06

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27th Jul 2008, 04:36

TMK says:

beautiful words, beautiful photographs - thank you Dhamaka

12th Jul 2009, 20:26

Dhamaka says:

Thank you TMK!
It's 4 years now, but I was a bit preoccupied this year. Still mean everything I said there though.. and then some

thank you all again

12th Jul 2009, 20:28