What he was wrong about was suggesting that I sell my gear. I used this description because I record TIMELESSNESS experiences and moments that I cherished and you can ,too. Almost every photo that I have captured over the years(I'll used 2013 as a cut off point) I can speak about.
My father ,because I was not wise enough, bore the brunt of my youthful arrogance and wrath, but he was the one who led me to this instrument. And sometimes I wish he was still here to see the great advancement in something that he loved so much. My thirst for knowing and understanding began early and I was forever asking my mother all kinds of questions. You see my mother and my father, although poor and limited in their schooling were not poor in their education of their world. They did a fine balancing act between the need to sustain themselves and their children and to enrich their humble lives and that of their children with meaning.
So the quest for meaning is my dream or life long goal. And you may find this funny ,every single thing I do(be it having fun or something serious) it must have meaning-most times its several. I am beginning to understand now, the comments from friends of the past on this particular subject. I realized now that photography has equipped me with an upgrade in my eyewear and it has allowed me to see the light better and also has given me accessories to illuminate and keep my subjects in focus and of course present a better composition.
And I have always travelled economically. You may even quiver if I told you the places in some countries that I used for my night's rest in the early times. If I say 5USD per night you may understand. Those days I look only for a place to sleep. The other stuff I got on the road. All I do is plan and research.
People are clueless about YOUR intentions and project but with their silly thoughts are ALWAYS ready to judge with their petty snares, giggle and disparaging remarks. My advice is to , just, dust those things off and continue on your path.
As an experienced student of Sociology all the negatives of group activity-wasteful name calling, not being responsible, taking advantage of stronger members(and not carrying your prescibe tasks to the fullest),useless arguments and the waste in the display of useless emotions coming from envy, insecurity and the quest for control, are things I prefer not to spend time on.
The part about websites was put in to provoke some and evoke others because although I don't consider myself a teacher nor an expert you may learn from my mistakes, if you have been following my public "JESTERING".