I went to dim sum with a couple of flickr friends this past Sunday in Hong Kong. It was such great fun discussing film, developer and about recent photographs we’ve taken. It’s been a while since I’ve seen these folk, and I am reminded why I talk to them: they’re nice, and they love photography, and always want to improve their craft. What’s more, one of them is getting married. On and on our discussion went about cool wedding portraits (Asians are big on “pre-wedding portraits”) and I’m excited to be part of this project. I hope they don’t schedule this around when I’m on vacation.
Afterward, we wandered around and speaking with one of my friends, he casually mentioned that I would probably be leaving soon, and maybe I don’t go down to Hong Kong often because I don’t have (as he calls it) people here. I mulled over this that night and it made me a bit sad to think that. I wonder how much into the photography world I can really go if I am constantly traveling and not making good and long term contacts. Sure, these friends are great, but I am by no means close to them. I think that’s the downside to being an expat, and these friends just expect me to leave. That’s it.
I felt something similar to this when I was about to leave Korea. But I’m proud and happy of my time there. I made great friends, but I also took some awesome photographs. So from this, I made a vow not to be too sad about friends I will be leaving in time, but concentrate on making awesome photographs.