A Different View

I’ve been asked a number of times how I can afford to travel so much. While I was lucky in the past to have a good paying job that allowed me to save up travel money, as well as a bit of luck with timing the real estate and stock markets, a big part of it is having adopted a minimalist lifestyle. I don’t own a house or a car and I have very few possessions, but I have what I need. By rejecting the consumerism that big corporations push on us through mass marketing, I have more money available for experiences. Not having a lot of useless stuff, I can easily pack up and take off for some place new.

Although I’ve more or less followed a minimalist lifestyle for a few years now, a blog I’ve come across recently, Far Beyond the Stars, speaks of this lifestyle and the freedom it can give you. It seems there’s a whole community of people out there rejecting the status quo of a materialistic and consumerist society and are working towards a simpler lifestyle. While this may not be for everybody, it may be something you want to at least consider during this holiday season when we’re encouraged to shop shop shop for more things that we, and typically the one’s we’re buying for, don’t really need.

This isn’t really a blog about minimalism but I’ll have a few more things to comment on the subject over the next week or two and how it relates to my photography. Be sure to sign up for updates via email or RSS to get my latest posts. And if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Today’s Photo

Taken from Sydney Park in the inner west area of Sydney, this is a different perspective of the city skyline than what you typically see. Click on the image for a larger view.

Sydney Skyline

City of Sydney skyline from Sydney Park

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6 Comments

  1. Andre December 14, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    WOW! SO COOL! I like how you link the photograph with what you are trying to convey in your narrative. Your recent posts have been really interesting primarily because you added a written account of how you feel. I am really impressed! I love the amalgam of visual-literary narrative. Keep it coming! Always create a link with your photos and what you think/feel. Don’t stop writing. Your written narrative will supplement your photos!

    GREAT JOB! I am impressed!

    • Darin December 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

      Thanks Andre! 😉

  2. Trina December 14, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I totally agree Darin. 🙂 Big big big hugs! I am looking forward to reading more of your thoughts and “narratives”. Take care!

    • Darin December 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks, Trina, and thanks for the link in Facebook.

  3. Amy Parker December 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    Are you saying you’re not going to get me a present again this year? : (

    • Darin December 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

      Well, uh…