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One photo at a time – one journey to last a lifetime

About

ASPIRATION & INTENT

  • To become a better storyteller: with words and in photographs.
  • To encourage the beautiful art of making a photograph.
  • To learn what moves people to create art: design, paint, perform, photograph, sculpt.
  • To help realize travel in Europe, & particularly Germany, is worthwhile and not difficult.
  • To make photo-books from experiences & memories on travel.

KEYNOTES

  • Name: Henry Lee
  • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
  • Languages: English, German, Hoisan (台山話), Cantonese (廣東話), French, Spanish
  • Produced & published photo-book “Basilian Days”
  • My around-the-world (RTW): 389 consecutive days, 24 Dec 2011 – 15 Jan 2013
  • Past life: Recovering astronomer
  • New life? That’s unfolding every moment, within every passing day.

FIND & FOLLOW ME

You can find and follow me at any of the following:


WHERE I’VE BEEN THUS FAR …

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires, Cataratas del Iguazú
  • Australia: Adelaide, SA; Arthurs Seat, VIC; Canberra, ACT; Hahndorf, SA; Kangaroo Island, SA; Katoomba, NSW; Newcastle, NSW; Melbourne, VIC; Perth, WA; Rottnest Island, WA; Sorrento, VIC; Sydney, NSW; Woy Woy, NSW
  • Austria: Salzburg, Wien
  • Bahamas: Nassau (New Providence), Georgetown (Exuma)
  • Brazil: Curitiba, Foz do Iguaçu
  • Canada: Brossard, QC; Calgary, AB; Campbell River, BC; Comox, BC; Edmonton, AB; Gibsons, BC; Guelph, ON; Hamilton, ON; Hull, ON; Kamloops, BC; Kenora, ON; Kingston, ON; Kitchener-Waterloo, ON; London, ON; Montréal, QC; Nanaimo, BC; Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; Ottawa, ON; Penticton, BC; Revelstoke, BC; Québec City, QC; Regina, SK; Saskatoon, SK; Thunder Bay, ON; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC; Victoria, BC; Winnipeg, MB
  • Chile: Coquimbo, Santiago, La Serena, Pisco Elquí, Vicuña
  • Czech Republic: Kutná Hora, Praha
  • Denmark: Helsingør, København
  • England: Cambridge, London
  • France: Lyon
  • Germany: Aachen, Bamberg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Darmstadt, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg im Breisgau, Fulda, Garching bei München, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Köln, Ladenburg, Lübeck, Lüneburg, Mannheim, München, Nürnberg, Passau, Potsdam, Schwangau, Speyer, Stuttgart, Tegernsee, Trier, Warnemünde, Worms, Zugspitze
  • Hong Kong (香港)
  • Italy: Cornigilia, Manarola, Monterosso, Rapallo, Riomaggiore, Vernazza
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau (澳門)
  • México: Ciudad de México, Ensenada, Guanajuato, Parque Nacional Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, San Miguel de Allende, Teotihuacan, Tijuana
  • New Zealand: Akaroa, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Fox Glacier Township, Franz Josef Glacier Township, Greymouth, Picton, Queenstown, Wellington
  • Scotland: Edinburgh
  • Singapore
  • South Africa: Cape Town
  • Spain: Grenada, Madrid, Sevilla
  • Sweden: Stockholm, Vaxholm
  • Switzerland: Lucerne, Pilatus, Zürich
  • USA: Alomogordo, NM; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Bentonville, AR; Bloomington, IN; Cape Canaveral, FL; Dallas, TX; Eugene, OR; Fayetteville, AR; Gainesville, FL; Hawi, HI; Hilo, HI; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Kailua-Kona, HI; Los Angeles, CA; Middletown, CT; Minneapolis, MN; Monterey, CA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; Saint Paul, MN; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Seattle, WA; South Lake Tahoe, CA; Stateline, NV; Stockton, CA; Tucson, AZ; Washington, DC
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Mỹ Tho (Mekong River Delta)
  • Wales: Cardiff, Penarth

CREDITS & MENTIONS


NUMBERS

Monthly average, from September 2013 to March 2014

  • Page Views: over 1900
  • Unique Visits: over 1400

(via StatCounter)


WORDS ON PHOTOGRAPHY

Through photographs, the world becomes a series of unrelated, free-standing particles; and history, past and present, a set of anecdotes and faits divers. The camera makes reality atomic, manageable, and opaque. It is a view of the world which denies interconnectedness, continuity, but which confers on each moment the character of a mystery. (Susan Sontag, 1977)
“I like to look at pictures, all kinds. And all those things you absorb come out subconsciously one way or another. You’ll be taking photographs and suddenly know that you have resources from having looked at a lot of them before. There is no way that you can avoid this. But this kind of subconscious influence is good, and it certainly can work for one. In fact, the more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.” (Robert Mapplethorpe, from “Portrait:Theory”, Lustrum Press, 1981)
Photographers do not cure like a doctor, defend like a lawyer, analyze like a scholar, offer support like a priest, amuse like a raconteur or intoxicate like a singer, they simply look. That is enough—no, that is all. For a photographer, to look is everything. That is why photographers must continue to look things through and through. Photographers should gaze at their subjects head on, their whole form becoming an eye as they face the world. To stake their everything on looking, that is to be a photographer. (Shomatsu Tomei, from “The Pencil of the Sun”, Mainichi Shimbun, 1975)
My actual process — on the surface — is not so complicated. I sense, I almost smell the possibility of a photograph. I try to follow the rhythm of the streets. Sometimes I walk through situations, sometimes I hang out. It all depends on what the world gives me. In the afterword to his book “Travelogue,” Charles Harbutt talks about how it’s not only that he’s looking for a photograph, but that sometimes the photograph is also looking for him. I like this notion. (Alex Webb, on photographsonthebrain)
For me, photography is an act of defiance and confrontation against the blinding impact of increasingly accelerated imagery – a pause in which to wonder at and appreciate the world’s peculiarities and complexities; to provide, as Robert Frost once described poetry, ‘a momentary stay against confusion’. (Robert Walker)
One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty … absolute certainty. (Paul Outerbridge)


For Social Media icons, I’ve used Mono Social Icons, created by Double J Design, for Icon Dock; and icons by Ariel Lepor of GreenLeaf Imaging. I’ve also been using letter and number icons by Nicolas Mollet for various Google Maps.

Unless specified, all text and photos here on fotoeins.com are by Henry Lee © 2010-2014.


33 Responses to “About”

  1. timemarkers

    You are living my dream life! I hope one day I have the courage and means to do what you do. Good luck on your journey!

    Reply
  2. Celine d'Orgeville

    Good luck to you Henry! I’ll be sure to check your blog from time to to time and see what you’re up to…Have fun!

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      Céline, I hope your upcoming move to and the settling-in period in Canberra all go smoothly. I hope to visit (because I’ve never been to Canberra before when I’m in Australia in a few months’ time. Thanks for your kind comment and for stopping by!

  3. Stephen Kelly Creative

    Hi Henry. I started following your blog a few weeks ago, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Looks like we both live in the Bay Area. Your photography is excellent, but I also really like your food section. Part of the allure of traveling is eating the cuisine of other places and cultures, and your posts about your culinary adventures abroad make me damn hungry! Cheers, mate!

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      Hi, Stephen. Thanks for following and for your kind comments. I’ve visited the Bay Area frequently, and I happen to be back in the area for a little while before I move onto other places. Thanks again!

  4. Nicolette

    Hi Henry. I’m really enjoying your perspective in photography and living vicariously through your travels! Enjoy what travels brings you :). Thanks for stopping by my blog, too!

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      Thanks, Nicolette! I’m trying to remind myself I’m doing something few can do or carry out, and to remind myself I’ve got to enjoy all of this as much as I can. :-)

    • Nicolette

      That’s the best way to go about it :). I’m hoping to go to Europe soon again.

    • fotoeins

      A part of this around-the-world trip is “anchored” by my great desire to be back “home” in Germany in time for their Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets); I really enjoy the markets. With that in mind, I plan to be in Europe for the final three months of this year, with Berlin, Germany as my hoped-for base of operations. I also hope you’ll soon be back in Europe again!

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Andrea. I’m glad you like the topics! I just stopped by your blog and your October 7 “Retrospect” entry is timed very well, because I’ll be “back” in Europe two weeks’ from now. Thanks again for your comment!

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Andrea.

      I’ll be spending most of my time in Germany, where I’ve got many friends with whom I’d like to see and catch up. I’ve got them scattered throughout the country : Frankfurt am Main, Köln, Bonn, Bielefeld, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Freiburg (im Breisgau), München, and Berlin. Next month (November), I’ve got “side” trips planned for Edinburgh, Barcelona, and Madrid.

      I have absolutely *no* idea how this is all gonna get squeezed to a period of just 3 months. But you know what, there’s always the Christmas markets or Weihnachtsmärkte in the German-speaking countries : these markets always put a smile on my face. :-)

    • adventurousandrea

      That is spectacular! It is a gift, to be so well traveled.

      I have faith that you’ll be able to do it!

      Oh, the markets so grand! I am so excited to be in Europe.

  5. blade3colorado

    Henry, have you retired? Or, are you taking a sabbatical? I retired early approximately 6-7 years ago and decided I would do a RTW trip, similar to what you did in 2012. This is something I have wanted to do since I was a child, my heroes being Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Jacques Cousteau. In short, in my own small way, I am doing an adventurous journey that not many people are afforded an opportunity to do.

    However, I’ve only set aside 4 plus months to do it – significantly less than just about every web site recommends. I did a similar back pack trip to S and C America last year for 2 plus months and enjoyed it immensely. I am fine with only setting aside 4 months for my trip, i.e., I intentionally planned it that way. Besides, I can always go back to a place I enjoyed. Your other comment I found interesting, was in regard to being out of that “RTW mode.” I suspect I will do the same thing when I return. I love travel, but I don’t have an overriding need to live somewhere else or be on the go constantly.

    I found your blog fascinating and have only scratched the surface here. I am now following you.

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      I was in a bit of a mid-life crisis and given my former career of science research relying upon declining public funding, all the signs were headed for either a melt-down or for a career change. The latter seemed far less dramatic. :) Initially, I thought about taking a couple of months off with a “career break and change” in mind, but I had enough reserves to last a year. Moreover, I had promised some friends in Australia I’d visit them, and I’d never set foot on the African continent before. In all, 2012 was a very very good year. I’d certainly love to do that again, but my reserves need replenishing, too. :) Thank you very much for your comment. Thanks for following my blog, as I’m now following yours, too.

  6. blade3colorado

    I think it’s great that you listened to your inner voice and did what you did. Most people ignore their intuition . . . Fast forward a few years later, I think most regret not doing what they initially thought was the answer. Don’t get me wrong – I like to think things through and rarely make snap decisions. But I truly believe that there are no coincidences and there are always consequences for all of our actions. I didn’t share this in my last message, but I was a “whistle blower” (not certain you are familiar with that term in Canada) and that was the catalyst for my retirement, i.e., I went against the system (government) and initially paid dearly for it (lost 3 appeals before winning) – then when they asked on what date I would be back at work, I told them in a somewhat polite way, to stick it up their ass. :-)

    Anywho, I retired early with a very generous pension, coupled with a few smart decisions in the stock market and haven’t looked back since.

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  7. markshimazuphotography

    Great story Henry. Regarding your blog, I like how you provide the locations for your shots so others can follow and recreate similar shot for themselves. I have recently started to provide the geocoordinates for my locations, but I like how you include a Google map. I may have to adopt this idea for my blog. Until then, I look forward to seeing more from your travels.

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks for dropping by, Mark! I picked up the idea of adding a Google Map to my posts from another travel-photo blog I’d been following for some time. I think that if I have interested readers who come to my blog to read about a particular place, I want to provide them a little more “value” and information about where I’ve been and where they might wish to go themselves. Thanks again Mark!

  8. BeluChi

    Hi Henry, what a great blog you have here!
    I think we have things in common :)
    It’s good to meet you!… have a good day.
    Cheers from Australia!

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  9. Isa

    What an amazing past life you had – recovering astronomer! It seems your present life is just as interesting. And an impressive list of spoken languages, to boot. Touché.

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      The languages have come by accidentally, first at home, then school, and subsequent work experience. Thank you for your very kind comments! I think and hope there’s a lot more life to live. :-)

  10. Feet from Shore

    Hi Henry! Thank you so much for the visit on my blog, that led me to yours. I am very impressed by your photography and all the places you have been to. I hope I can have a list like yours in the future, I love to travel and see the world. I’ll definitely check out your post often, you’re a great source of inspiration.

    Safe travels!
    http://www.feetfromshore.wordpress.com

    Reply
    • fotoeins

      Hola, Yael! Thank you for writing back with your lovely kind comments! I’ve been very fortunate to have visited a number of places, and I hope to visit more in the near future. I think you will also go out soon into the world to explore it for your own! Finally, you wrote recently about struggling with writing in English. I’ll tell you honestly that even as a native English speaker, I struggle with expressing ideas onto the page or onto the screen. It’s often been said that “learning English is easy, mastering English takes a lifetime.” I think what that means is that any language learned is a life-long experience. Your writing is fine; so keep writing! Thanks again for your note – I hope you keep coming back here, as I’ll keep visiting your blog, too! :)

  11. VisitSiena

    thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it :) what an interesting blog you have! for sure will be back here :) have a nice week:)

    Reply

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