Coming into my 70th year now and have been involved with photography for over 60 of those years, from film and Hasselblad, darkroom and printing to my first digital camera in mid 80’s. Apart from a VERY short period of wedding photography, I have never been and have no interest in monetary gain from my hobby.

In year 2000 I built www.geordielife.com as a project but  like the Lambton Worm, organically it grew and it grew. Ended up with some 150 pages and at its height over 40k hits per week. Problem was at that time there were no tablets, mobile phones or other gadgets of that ilk and nowadays it is very necessary to have websites that are intelligent and ‘responsive’. ‘Geordielife’ was built with ‘Frontpage’ which has gone by the wayside like a lot of other technologies. ‘Geordielife’ had to be rebuilt…..and a massive job it will be.

The ‘Geordielife’ domain of 20 years has been brought back from the U.S. (In those days there were no U.K. hosts) with not a little difficulty. A hosting account was opened here in U.K. at half the cost and allowed sub domains. I couldn’t believe that a domain name such as  ‘I Love Durham’ would be abandoned and not bought up by the myriad of domain ‘farmers’ that sell these domains for hundreds of pounds. I was lucky I guess and paid the princely sum of £7.99 – thanks for that.

www.ilovedurham.co.uk was started a week or so ago as a ‘sub domain’  and a  ‘piece of fun’, a little hobby to keep me busy during the long haul of re-building the main Domain.

However, happenings this week have changed my view. A massive dose of extreme ‘sour grapes’ hit me face on! I guess I should have foreseen that judging by some of the ‘personalities’ that haunt Social Media’. That won’t change my views of most photographers who are in the main friendly, polite and altruistic. I will choose my points of contact more carefully in future. So www.ilovedurham.co.uk  will get much more attention than originally planned.

Baltic Centre through the Millennium Bridge

Baltic Centre through the Millennium Bridge

On the same note…..a starkly contrasting attitude is shown here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/DurhamPictures/  – A young man by the name of Stefan Rosic manages the group and a gentleman he is. Stefan does not have the egotistical approach of some and is indeed polite and ‘altruistic’. I shall continue to post content there for the foreseeable future.

My aims in life are to enjoy photography, help others if I can and hopefully give some people a little pleasure.

Happy shooting and take care out there…….especially on S.M.

Dean.

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