This is my new project: trying to find order in the chaos of my life and the world by putting together vignettes. I chose a new name for my new project: XingfuMama.
Xingfu means “happy, blessed” in Chinese. I chose that because, in spite of some of the trials and tribulations, both past and on-going it really reflects my life.
Mama not because I have lots of children, I have only one offspring, now an adult; I chose mama because I seem to always fall into the role of care giver. I feel like “mama” to the world sometimes. In Africa they use “Mama” in place of Mrs. and tend to identify you with your children. I was “Mama James” in Mulundi. In China also several people called me Mama or James’s Mama.
Photography is probably too grand of a term for my pictures. But I have been to a few cool places and like some of the pictures I have taken.
Most of the photos have been taken with a Nikon L120. A bridge camera chosen for reasons no self respecting photographer would use:
1) It takes AA batteries, which are available pretty much anywhere in the world, unlike electricity.
2) It was not so valuable that I need to be always worrying about it being stolen or being out a bunch of money if I drop it. I can focus on being where I am.
3) I needed a zoom (the L120 has a 21x zoom) for a trip to Kenya a few years ago.
I was due to take another trip, to Ireland, and I considered getting a new camera, but instead chose to take digital photography classes at South Seattle Community College. This was one of the smartest things I could have done. My camera does have limitations, but by learning about composition and my camera I am able to take better advantage of the many features it does have.