24 February 2012

The Promise

Schaalsee, Germany.
April 2011.

Rügen, Germany.
September 2010.

If you think of me
If you miss me once in a while

Then I'll return to you
I'll return and fill that space in your heart

I'll find my way back to you
Please say you'll be waiting

(Tracy Chapman - The Promise)

Fellow blogger Jenny Woolf has awarded me the so-called Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you very much Jenny! I really appreciate it. Now, I'm supposed to share seven things about myself...

The reason I love long exposures is that - contrary to split second exposures - they show not only a moment in time, but rather a period of time, e.g. capturing clouds passing across the sky (1st picture), a river's flow, the incoming tide (2nd picture) or the headlights of a car passing by. This being the case, I believe that long exposures have an almost philosophic quality about them. Sometimes when I've got nothing better to do, I think about such things.

I'm a music lover and there's probably a thousand songs I love and hundreds I know the lyrics to, but if I had to narrow it down to ten favourite songs, they would be - in alphabetic order - Don't Stop Believin' (Journey), Nightswimming (R.E.M.), Raglan Road (Luke Kelly), Ripple (Grateful Dead), Stand By Me (Ben E. King), The Crossing (Johnny Clegg), The Fire Inside (Bob Seger), Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen), Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison), Walking In Memphis (Marc Cohn).

The first girl I have ever loved had freckles and red hair. Ever since, I have favoured redheads. At the moment, however, I've got  a huge crush on a beautiful blonde who comes into the coffee shop with a huge smile on her face and orders a lactose-free Vanilla Latte.

My favourite place in London used to be Richmond Hill Terrace. One of my favourite places in Hamburg is a bar called Down Under. It's a lot more cosy than the Irish pubs around here. The food is amazing. Another thing I like about the Down Under is that the bartender and the waitresses recognise me. My other favourite place is a restaurant called Hollywood Canteen. It looks exactly like the diners in old American movies - black and white tiles, chrome chairs with red upholstery, a jukebox, rock and roll music. It's where I'm having lunch with friends on Tuesdays. Their veggie burger with potato wedges and sour cream is the best meal I've ever had, and it tastes perfect every time.

I never run out of quotes from films or songs, and I've got a quote for every occasion.

My favourite authors are Cormac McCarthy and Ernest Hemingway.

Beverages are one of my passions. VB would have to be my favourite beer. My favourite ciders are Bulmers Original, Scrumpy Jack and Woodpecker. Forget all those fancy, multicoloured cocktails - there's nothing better than classic highballs such as Cuba Libre or Mojito.

Have a nice weekend.

- Dom


Suze said...

Men seem awfully fond of photographing piers.

Wonderful song choices. Also, it's amazing to me that there are meals out there which are consistently perfect -- tall order.

Have a wonderful weekend, Dom.

Jenny Woolf said...

I specially like the top photo.And interesting list. I like those Victorian photos with long exposures, where people are just passing shadows.

Good luck with the beautiful blonde!

DeeBee L. said...

These are stunning photos! They would perfect subjects for watercolours!
Enjoy your week-end!

T. Becque said...

Your long exposures are your trademark, don't stop. #2 is not a surprise! :)

Dominic Doherty said...

Suze: Are we? Well, maybe we are indeed. I've also seen a lot of pictures of piers taken by women though. And I wasn't kidding when I said their food is just perfect every time we go there...

Jenny: Thank you! I do have to admit that I'm not sure if it's a good idea to ask a customer out. Maybe I will.

DeeBee: Thank you so much! I used to love painting back when I was in school...

Trisha: Thanks... and no, I won't stop. Nine out of ten songs on that list might not be a surprise, but I've never used Don't Stop Believin' for a blog post, so this one song might be a bit of a surprise. I'm still waiting for the right moment to use that one. Don't Stop Believin' is one of the most epic songs ever, so it better be one hell of a picture to go along with the lyrics.

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Aha, good to know these things about you dude!

Btw all the best with the girl @ the coffee shop :) I do hope you don't see her smile, but also get to laugh with her :D

And of course, I love the two pictures, and Mr. Hemingway as well!

Dominic Doherty said...

Hahaha, thank you, Siddhartha! She's very lovely indeed. At the moment I'm in two minds as to whether I should write my number on her coffee cup or not the next time she comes around. It'd be such a clichéd thing to do, but maybe she'll think it's cute.

Siddhartha Joshi said...

I am sure she would find it cute :) Go ahead do it, and then come back here and tell us the story :)

Dominic Doherty said...

I hope she will, buddy, I hope she will! Alright, I'll take a shot at it... and then come back here to tell the story. :-)

Carola said...

Hi Dom, I may have told you before: you have a great blog!

It's been a while that I visited yours. The pics are fantastic, hm better: outstanding and I love them. You have a perfect view on Hamburg. (I lived a year in Lübeck and Kiel).

Realy good quotes here.

This week I finished "The Road" in German, but already bought it in English. What a book! And I will read some more from him.

My favorite from Hemingway is "Der alte Mann und das Meer".

I will follow you blog. Found you (again) at the comments from Stargazing in Lahore.

Dominic Doherty said...

Thanks again, Carola!!

"The Road" was brilliant indeed - finished it in a day; I just couldn't stop reading. I love all of Hemingway's work, and his biography is interesting too - all I can say is, what a man. He had a dark side as well, but he surely had an exciting life.

Thanks! I'll return the favour.