The Necessary Philosopher

Wildcat Hill

How glad I was to return! To return from noise, dirt, stench, hurry, to the sea and cypress.
The machine it seems to me should give man a life of leisure, time for inner expansion,
instead of the terrible maelstrom engendered.

Edward Weston

Cos’ I’m Happy


Why I Photograph

I’m an idealistic person. Very often, people and the world around me (myself included) fail to live up to my expectations.

Photography allows me to exert control over the world. With my photos, I get to frame the world as I want it to be. Often, it is quite different from how things are in reality.

Photography restores my faith in the beauty of a world that exists only in my head.

Mongrels are Beautiful


Fresh Air

Coming home and cuddling your kid after a long day at work feels like that first gasp of fresh air when you surface after holding your breath for too long underwater. Reminds me why I should keep fighting for a better world.

Christmas Music

Christmas music always helps when I’m feeling down.

Silver lining

On the way to school this morning…

Clare: I wish we stayed near school so you could walk me to school.

Me: Sorry, we can’t afford to stay near your school.

Clare: But I don’t like staying at our house. It’s old, dark and scary.

Me: What’s so scary about it?

Clare: It’s an old house. Some old houses are haunted.

Me: For your sake, I hope the house IS haunted. That would solve all your problems.

Clare: Why??

Me: If we can get scientific evidence that ghosts exist, we’ll be rich. Then we can buy a house near your school :)

Clare’s first dropped tooth

Clare dropped her first tooth today! One down, many to go!


Quote of the Day

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

Charles Darwin, Introduction, The Descent of Man (1871)

Epiphany of the Day

This thought came to me while chatting with someone today.

Being happy is a choice, not a matter of luck

The people who are happy are not lucky. They are the ones who made a choice to be that way.