I never know what to write for the first post. I mean, it’s the first post! I guess I can start with some of the things that matter to me most:
My boyfriend Vagner, the love of my life and the reason I moved to Buenos Aires. He’s from Brazil. We met in 2005 and moved here together in March of 2008. Argentina is like neutral territory for us. Unless and until the US federal government recognizes gay marriage I’ll likely be living in semi-exile somewhere in Latin America. All things considered, Buenos Aires isn’t a bad place to call home.
Of course, this isn’t really my first post, that would be on some long-lost blog I started in the year 2000. It was hosted on Geocities and run thru Blogger, before they were even bought by Google. I was living in Buenos Aires at the time, just like I am know, and feeling isolated from my home. I discovered blogs in late 1999 and they totally changed my web experience in ways that have since become obvious and practically universal.
In 2003 I got my first digital camera, a Sony Cybershot U and registered my name as a domain. Here’s the first picture I uploaded. It’s a music store in Jackson Heights. I was living in New York at the time.
Last year I started a blog called BuenosAiresPhotographer.com. Here’s the first photo I posted on it:
I had tons of digital snapshots of Buenos Aires and I wanted a home on the web for them. I was playing around with ideas for domain names and was inspired by two sites, Mountain Photographer and Travel Photographer. The generic nature of their names seemed perfect for the Google Age and I discovered that no one had claimed Buenos Aires Photographer. Looking back the name is absurdly pretentious [me? THE photographer for Bs As, a city of 13 million?] and too vague for marketing myself in any specific way. Still, I’ve met people, discovered many hidden corners of the city from people’s suggestions and even sold a few images. At the same time I recognize that it’s not my main goal photographically, so I try to not let it eat up my life [and Vagner’s very happy for that!].
Now I’m starting a WordPress blog. I’m doing this because I’ve decided I want ThomasLockeHobbs.com to show a limited portfolio of my best work. If you google me, it’s the first thing I want you to see. The old blog’s posts aren’t going anywhere. I created a page for the old blog’s archive, so you can access them.
I like personal blogging and want to continue with it. My goals for this blog are modest and unoriginal; occasional updates on what I’m doing, some reflections on living in Argentina, links to good photography here in Argentina, or in Latin America or in the rest of the world [but probably not so much].
So, add me to your reader or check back here ever couple of weeks or once a month to see what’s up.