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Recently I have started following @dymagate on instagram lately, mostly due to him placing decorated padlocks (that he’s done with sharpies) and their keys around Aberdeen.  He then posts some pictures of them, but not all of the ones he has done to Instagram and people like me go out and hunt them out.

Why he does it is as below (copied from one of his posts recently)

1 year ago my mum was in the depths of treatment for skin cancer. Naturally I was incredibly worried. I was still working full time in Aberdeen and driving home to the west coast 3/4 times a week. At that period in my life I was saying “i love you” more than ever before. When I couldn’t be there I became incredibly anxious. I read a thing called “turn your anxiety into creativity” the best way to feel good about yourself is to do good by others. To that end I have left over 10,000 padlocks in Aberdeen Edinburgh Glasgow Dundee and Perth with positive messages written on them and the keys attached with the hope a stranger down on their luck might find it and get a positive boost or even the inspiration to do something special for someone else. Perhaps someone who feels like there is no one who cares will find one and realise thats simply not the truth. 1 year on and the project has become so popular I’ve been sending packs to people who live in areas too far a field for me to place locks so that they too can spread the free love. So far packs have gone to Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, several US states and most recently Kenya whilst I’ve taken them to places like Italy France and Egypt.”

I haven’t found a padlock yet, but have found the stickers that he has placed round town too. I like the Owls and have the Blue “follow your <3” as my cover photo on flickr at the moment. It has opened my eyes to see the town in a new light again (it’s a bit like geo-caching but without the GPS) and I seem to have found my phojo again. Though, to be honest, it’s mostly on the phone and Instagram at the moment. Doesn’t mean to say that I have put the DSLR down, I had it with me on a trip to London last week and I’ll post about that later on this week.

So, Do something special, share the love and remember that if you think no-one cares that you are alive, miss a few bill payments….  Seriously, go out, do a good turn and share the love. This is why I am sharing this with you and if you are in Aberdeen (or some of the other places that Dymagate has been too) keep your eyes open, You never know what you might find.

Have a good weekend!

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Yes, this is a shameless advert for my facebook page www.facebook.com/furriebootsphoties 


Looking for some more followers by the end of the 8th of April as I’m needy like that!


No really, I’m after some more love for my photos and I’m giving away a free print of one of my photos of Aberdeen or the surrounding area but only if I get the number of people who like the page to over 200.

So please mosey on down and come and have a looksee. I don’t post as often as I should and if I get more followers then I’ll have to post more, won’t I?

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I have as of today started the 100 Strangers project. “What is that?” I hear you ask. Well it is a project to take pictures 100 different people you don’t know to challenge yourself and hopefully improve in your photography! I’m not fond of talking to strangers though I used to talk to them in my retail life (funny that) but then I wasn’t exactly approaching them, they were coming to me!

So, after the trip to Belfast last weekend (yes, still short a post from that, will sort that shortly 🙂 ) I found my phojo but have decided that if I want to keep it, I have to expand my repertoire, challenge myself so that I don’t get bored. This is where 100 strangers comes in.

To begin with, I figured today would be a good day to start as it is Armed Forces Day and Aberdeen has a parade down Union Street. I knew that there would be plenty of people with cameras so I wouldn’t look totally out of place and there are reasons for taking photos.

I was lucky to find a fellow Team Canon member in Gary. He too shoots as a hobby and was out taking some photos of the parade. Up till now he hadn’t heard of the 100 strangers project but was happy enough for me to take his photo.

So, here he is. Thanks Gary 🙂

For more information see www.100strangers.com and www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers

Think I have just stopped shaking with nerves just now 🙂

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