If I’m sleeping, I’d like to wake up, If I’m awake, I’d like to sleep

Please don’t press like before you read. This message will not be auto destructed. And it is the last one.

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I rarely wrote on this blog and there was a good reason for it.  I am writing this, both as reader of other people’s posts as much as a photographer who blogs.  Writing demands too much time and I am very much afraid that most of  the writings are lost amongst the billions of pages and the little time people have to read. I feel like adding up to the flow of information, that has become a flood. And as such writing or not writing makes little sense anymore. Or is it?

Anyway,   I don’t want to waste the precious time of the people that visit, by throwing a ton of words. Only what is absolutely necessary.

So, this being the last post,  I feel I should  say I am sorry for the time you have wasted here. And I’m not saying it to get any compliments or out of modesty.

Some time ago I had a little discussion with a fellow blogger about the use of blogging. I must say that I still disagree with him, but still, a new discussion with another fellow blogger, brought me to my senses. Not about what to think or what to write, but how to present it.  This last goodbye, was a bit different, but it has changed considerably.

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I  express only myself with this, but if you can spare some time, read it and think about it.

Time is the only thing people  possess, so it should be spent on things that are for the good of all mankind. Not for profit, not for the few, but for all. But since time is limited and most of the times the changes that affect us come while we are blogging, but not quite from us, because we are too busy blogging, maybe, it is time to reconsider the blogging activity. I know I have. If we were living in an ideal society, giving everyone access to the internet, and  letting everybody express his/her self would be great. But we don’t live in such a society. And as a result everyone gets lost in the blog-sphere. So the time someone loses while posting, searching, reading and commenting may be way too much.   And the result for the society? People may connect and exchange ideas with other people all over the world, which is a pretty useful thing,  but actually not having time to resolve Crucial problems within the society they live or even with their next door neighbors. Because only the ones with knowledge and money to afford a computer and a connection are heard.  You see, I don’t want the right to speak. I want the right to listen to those people with no voice and to be heard by the people that govern us.  I want the right to act and not be held down, passive in front of the 8 o’clock news that only spread fear and desperation. And if you spend too much  time in front of the TV or computer, it becomes your life. But it is the same thing with blogs as it is with money. When they become inflationary, they lose their value.  As a result we have millions of people shouting out in the desert.  A life in a desert of  screens. And this, I’m afraid,  is part of  this global crisis.  

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I guess there are reasons for posting, that I do not value as much. Maybe there are people who can spend their time more effectively and concentrate their activities.  But, make your posts worth a bit more. And devote time only to the ones that really worth it.

I am not just quitting posting, I’m quitting the “blog-sphere”  altogether for the time being. It isn’t a big deal, I have been living without it a year ago.  The most important reason for stopping, is that I need all the time available since I have to find ways to make ends meet, financially.  I am leaving this time-capsule behind, hoping it will be found many years from now from the wordpress service and be deleted in order to make space for something really good.

All in all, I wish I had the time to visit more blogs, but simply I can’t afford it anymore.

That’s it folks! This is the last goodbye! Really.  Until we meet, some sunny day…

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This last post is dedicated to a dear friend.   http://aerapatera.wordpress.com/

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For those that might have missed them the first time they appeared here, the two celebratory videos with photos and music:

Thank you Y! You know why!

Thank you Harry, you know why, too.

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Yesterday I came upon this related post, fro this wonderful blog. Take some time to read: http://doro1k1z.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/selfie-unselfish/

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And the very last photo, from when the newspapers were triumphant about Greece entering the Euro zone…         A united Europe, that every citizen has equal rights,  every country has its sovereignty intact and they help each other in times of need, having learned from the mistakes that led us to two World Wars in the 20th century. I guess history is either not read, or has taught each one of us, different kind of lessons. Lessons of greed and superiority, lessons of racism based on the color of money.

For more information on the topic, please visit:  http://greeceindirestraits.blogspot.gr/2012/03/story-of-greece-in-eu-from-where-i.htmlvg 067 bw 07 st 1999 self portrait

And ending on a high!

Σιγά τα αυγά!

Now wordpress space is full! Unable to post further, without deleting previous posts, not that I want to!  😉

Press Escape, never Return.

Celebrating my 399th post in wordpress!

Celebrating my 400th post in wordpress!

Because every post was a cause for celebration, regardless of the number.

You have to demolish things in order to build new ones.

A most interesting blog from a teacher-master of photography: http://munchow.wordpress.com/

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And it is goodbye from me and my family!

And it is goodbye from me and my family!

Hope we meet again some sunny day

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.

Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds, far away.

So will you please say hello,
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won’t be long,
They’ll be happy to know that as you saw me go
I was singing this song.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where, don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.

Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds, far away.

So will you please say hello,
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won’t be long,
They’ll be happy to know that as you saw me go
I was singing this song.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where, don’t know when.
But I know will meet again, some sunny day.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where, don’t know when.
But I know will meet again some sunny day.

Just smiling through,
Just like You always do,
Till the blue skies drive the dark Clouds far away.

So will You please say hello to the folks that I know,
Tell them I won’t be long.
They’ll be happy to know as You saw me go,
I was singing this song.
We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where, don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

A song made famous by Vera Lynn

For the almost mystical photos of Anthony: http://room1232.net/

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This is not a comment about the clowns in the parliament. This is the first day of the carnival in Greece!

This is the first day of the carnival in Greece!

And the last day of this blog!

Just a couple more posts today to get there. 😉

For Peter and his wonderful paintings. He hasn’t updated his blog for quite sometime and I really miss his work, but plenty to see for the newcomers:  http://peterhanks.wordpress.com/

Last second update: Just a week ago he posted a new wonderful painting! He is back!

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By the way, take a look at my flickr account

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By the way, take a look at my flickr account

I rarely post the same photos here and there.

Dedicated to  this beautiful photo blog, although it has been quite some time since the last post: http://viendofotos.wordpress.com/

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And check this interesting video about facebook: http://youtu.be/l9ZqXlHl65g

This is the end of the line, of a 365 project.

This is the end of the line.

This is for  : http://1day1shoot.wordpress.com/  Finished about a month ago the 365 journey, with great success!

With this post I am, too,  coming full circle, time wise. At least one post each day for the last 365 days.

I opted for 400 in order to cover for some emergencies. So,  tomorrow I will make a few more posts to reach a  good round 400.   😉    But the fact is that for the last 365 days I had posted at least one post each day, with the minimum of a photo, either new, recent or from the archives. I have been photographing  all of the days, (might have missed only a couple, sorry)  but didn’t have time to choose and prepare from the new ones. Maybe in time some of these photos will surface.

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Promised made, promised fulfilled, promised kept, end of promise.

I have to admit that it has been a lovely trip, hard sometimes, but lovely nonetheless.

Thank you all for keeping me company, commenting, liking, sharing your beautiful art and precious thoughts. Most of all thank you for spending your precious time and tolerating me.
Spending so much time in front of my computer (apart from working) was a new experience for me. I have to admit that  I couldn’t extract much pleasure from the medium. It is sterile. I know that many people out there are finding comfort through it, but for me it did nothing at all.

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To me, creativeness and presenting the results are altogether different things, not connected to each other. Due to this, sometimes I felt that it was a total waste of time, simply because I never understood the purpose of the medium. In the end I came to think of it as a way to spend valuable time, when I could be doing other creative things. Don’t get me wrong, I see the qualities and advantages, but they never balance the huge disadvantage of the feeling of  TIME LOST. I would have never spent 1-2 hours a day posting, replying and reading other posts. Of course the ones I ultimately chose to follow were great, offering me the artistic impulse and many times inspiration and courage, while others were great sources of information, straight from the source, without commercial breaks.  😉   These offered a much needed boost in confidence because they proved that I am not alone with this line of thinking.

Thankfully, I don’t have a functioning TV and I saved time from there. 😉

So thank you all for the ride, it has been fantastic, but I have to go. Everyone willing to keep in touch, or if you are visiting Greece and need a helping hand, let me know! And if I had promised a walk and drinks to anybody, the offer is open when you get in Athens provided I am still around.

Have a lovely life, spend more time with your loved ones instead of the computer and keep creating even if the results  stay in the vaults, shelves and drives of your computer.

Thank you all for visiting and mostly thank you friends for your lovely and inspiring work.

Leaving you with the lines of the great late J.J. Cale

J. J. Cale – End Of The Line

Trains don’t run forever
Fire goes out sometime
Gotta tell you, baby
We’ve come to the end of the line
Pages of yesterday
Fill this book of mine
Gotta tell you, baby
It is the end of the line
I can’t remember those good old days
They are from a different time
I gotta tell you, baby
We’ve come to the end of the line
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No pots of gold at the end. Just rainbows…