Tuesday, June 10, 2008

BATTERED BUT NOT BROKEN

How many of us feel like this boat? know I do at the moment. I have camera fatigue presently. I also have something called P.T.T. S. It's not serious, but it does stand for Post T.T. Syndrome. Perhaps a fit of the blues would be more apt, and less dramatic.

Since moving here 5 years ago, 5 T.T.'s have resulted in this melancholia. I love the buzz, the atmosphere, the friendly tourists and bikers. The island comes alive, good customer service occurs and the sun always shines. Reality check today. Buses late, shop service poor, weather inclement and photographers viewed with a suspicious eye. Afterall, what could you possibly want to photograph now the TT is over? Oh I don't know, maybe everyday real life for future generations to see how their ancestors lived. It just doesn't compute.

So basically I'm sifting through photos for sale re TT for just about every country in the world, apart from the one that is home. This I find depressing. It's ironic to me that this blog is largely ignored here, yet foreign magazines, musuems and tourists are after my pics and follow the blog.
I have tried to raise the profile of the Isle of Man, but it seems the island is only interested in Manx failures. If this blog folded, and I was Manx, the the island would be happy as it could blame the world for ignoring it.

Fortunately, like Tigger, me and my trusty camera will bounce back within a day ot two.

40 comments:

George Townboy said...

Hang in there!

Gargamello said...

Yes it can be a cold wild world.

Louis la Vache said...

Babooshska - "Louis" identifies with the P.T.T.S. Mme. la Vache left this morning for a trip to Japan and China. She has only been gone a few hours and the melancholy has set in on "Louis" already.

Your choice of that battered boat is appropriate.

"Louis" hopes you bounce back quickly here!

Strangetastes said...

Okay, what's T.T.? I like the picture a lot. It speaks of experience and endurance.

The only connection I have ever had with Man is that my high school librarian was Manx (this was in the Bronx, New York City). Why on earth do I remember that?

Gypsy at heart said...

Hope you are feeling better. Yes, I sometimes feel as battered and worn as that old ship. Sunshine helps....

Island Rambles Blog said...

I think I know exactly what you mean. I live on an island far away from you but we share many similarities...in the region where I live, there are not many bloggers and generally people here have no idea what a blog is...just remember though, things will change, we are the change in the world...many people all around the world read your blogs and see your photos....I know it can be discouraging and you can feel battered like that old boat up there....tomorrow will be better...cheer up....and thanks for a great boat picture...love it!!! I am checking in here now as I figured it out.

Paulie said...

The thing is when you are that far down, there's only one place to go --UP! Ü I wish you days filled with sunshine and peace for yoru soul.

Just dropping by for odd shots where I also left a comment.

Luke said...

A battered boat is perfect in B&W!

Kris McCracken said...

There is a touch of that here in Tasmania. People appear to love the notion of ‘glorious failure’ far more than ‘stable (dull) success’. It really, really, REALLY annoys me too!

Kris McCracken said...

Gee this is a lovely photograph!

Lynette said...

Give yourself a well-deserved bit of TLC and set sail--continue the chronicle of your beloved Ramsey and Isle of Man.

Chuck Pefley said...

Ah, know that post assignment letdown all too well. Adrenalin keeps you going through the event reaching an almost euphoric level. Then boom! It's over. But the mind say "Gee, that was a real kick! More sure would be nice!" It will pass, though and next time around you'll do the same thing all over again :) Just give yourself a bit of space and after vacuuming the floor (sans painting) you'll be on the road again. ~Chuck

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

ultimately, our blogs interest us, which is why we keep them going

alexander said...

a great photo that gives me a nostalgic feeling.

Alex
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Olivier said...

bravo, ce choix d'un sépia dur rend très bien sur cette photo. j'adore

bravo, this choice of a sepia hard makes it very well in this picture. I love

Alex Mazilu said...

great perspective.

Bibi said...

Babooshka, I love this photo, the sepia tones and all. I too am feeling very under the weather; headache, tummy ache, etc. But it's "only" physical, and I hope it will pass. Hang in there.

evlahos said...

wonderful capture in sephia. i hope to feel better now

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Please don't be so disillusioned! The TT is great for the IOM but there is more out there for you to snap - after all, the IOM is a beautiful place (mostly lol)
Ciao

Scarlet

mrsnesbitt said...

I understand how you feel....totally!
We have watched the TT 2008 Highlights 3 times now!

Dxx

Brett said...

Fantastic picture, love the feel of it.

kissa said...

The T.T. is over and the noise, colour and vibrancy has gone. Tigger style recovery is needed as you say maybe add in a little cake for therapy too.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I am not sure what TT stands for but understand the rest of the post.

Jim said...

I share many of your same feelings. I somethings think people outside of Terrell know more about our town than people living here.

Great picture you picked to show your how you feel.

Cavite Daily Photos said...

Hello babooshka! Glad to be back here! Thanks so much for the birthday greeting! I've just read it minutes ago! It was truly touching especially the part about my personality on my posts, it was really a nice feeling while reading it! Thanks very much!

By the way, I looove the photo! It's dark sepia tone made a very big effect on it! Just like a beautiful old photograph from a chest! I love it plus the interesting post!

Hope to see you soon again on Cavite Daily Photo! God bLess and Mabuhay!

Steven^^

The D in D & T said...

I totally get it. We have very few greek viewers - the internet is regarded with suspicion here. and you may have noticed, i barely ever feature people on my blog - i have absolutely zero confidence to take photos of actual people here. every time i raise the camera and there is people around i am met with strange looks. at least in winter. in summer people just think im another damn tourist. which also sucks since i keep trying to convince myself that i actually live here. anyway. sorry for hijacking your comments. i hope you feel a bit better soon. your photo is stunning.

Anonymous said...

I'm English, live near Southampton and love the Isle of Man. I read your blog everyday, I love what you have to say and the photos you show us. Keep up the good work!

Jane

mannanan said...

Hi there.......Well another blogger like myself in good old Ramsey...The best place on earth.......Came across your site from a link on the IOMTT forums and like very much what I see. Like you I take photographs that are what you see is what you get though I'm not a professional like yourself never having sold any of my pics. Have bookmarked your site so I can pop in each day and will be putting a link to it on my site which you can have a skeet of by clicking www.freewebs.com/mannananscloak....Keep up the good work.......

Hyde DP said...

I'm sure you've unofficially got a lot of manx people viewing your blog but never commenting - I get that impression with mine too - that I'm followed the world over but not at home but then I come across people who say "I read your blog every day" and I don't know who they are and they rarely post a comment.

cheers and chin up.

Kim said...

I have those feelings too. I love your photography and I am happy I get the chance to see them on your blog. You have a lot of friends here and we are all here for you.
I've been working on my blog for over six months, and I still can't seem to get a following. I'm not sure that people actually read it. There are days when I get zero comments. It can really be depressing. But, I do it more for myself than for anyone else, although a "good job" every now and then would feel nice too :)
Keep up the great work, I love it.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Bong Bong!.. Keep Smiling Bong!... I'm sure you will... Bong Bong!feel better Bong!... in a day on two Bong Bong!.


Favourite 'Tigger Joke

Why did Tigger stick his head in the toilet?
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He was looking for Pooh! Ha!

jacqui said...

Take a chill pill hun. Two new fans here in Cairo I've found for you. I had to explain the Babooshka moniker.


Stay cool hen.

Jacqui x

Jackie said...

That is a great picture. Isn't it just a typical Brit thing though, we don't appreciate what's under our own nose because we're so busy moaning about something or other. Hope you bounce back soon.

marley said...

Keep your chin up.

I sort of have the same feeling at the moment regarding my own photography and other peoples attitudes. I'm seriously in need of my holiday, I've got 1 week and counting!

Through your blog I get the sense that you're a vibrant and positive person so I know for sure you'll be back on form in a couple of days. As they say - Don't let the bastards get you down!!

Marley :)

Kelly said...

You, my friend, are in a funk, and I am so sorry I wasn't here yesterday to give you a virtual hug. I have heard (oh, somewhere...) that visionaries have never been appreciated in their home town. I appreciate you here!

Ming the Merciless said...

I went through a lull period too recently. Nothing seem to inspire me and I can't find anything interesting to photograph.

Hang in there. Hopefully, it will pass soon.

Katney said...

Glad you are bouncing back, Tigger!

Dina said...

Like that boat, we all have to go into drydock once in a while.
You will put out into the deeps soon.

John said...

Amazing shot and wonderful composition! Very well done.

Professor said...

Hang in there! (And I love this photo...)

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