Not exactly the Joshua Tree, the plant likened to a man with a spear but a silhouette of a tree I came across yesterday in Seria is equally haunting! Yesterday was a productive day all crammed into one morning and last week’s shoot in the Brunei rainforest was especially productive and meaningful. Anyone who’s been following my posts of late will have noticed a trend—that I’ve gone nature: birds, landscapes, insects, bla bla bla … I’m reaching the end of the 4th year in this profession now and I have to say I’m still in the journey of discovery (yes, it’s all about the journey not the destination). From weddings to fashion to corporate events to commercial to nature to who knows where!
© Jan Shim Photography
One such discovery I recently learnt is that SHIMWORLD is one of the top blogs of the country. I remain adamant about being labelled a blogger and resist attention that would steer me closer to blogging homage. I’ve turned down radio interviews, turned down invitations to blog meets, etc. After all, I left IT career of 13 years behind to pursue independence, freedom of self-expression and that state-of-mind we all so crave called HAPPINESS!
So it goes without saying that with increase in popularity comes a flood of attention that’s both good and not-so-good. When I first started SHIMWORLD, I had a tagline that reflected my status quo at the time: MISUNDERSTOOD SINCE 1969! Over time, that morphed into a journey of meaningful Moments I shared with my clients that for some time thereafter carried the tagline A MOMENT LIVED. A JOURNEY SHARED. So after 1.5 years of posting and writing (214 posts at last count since Nov 3, 2006), it seems not much has changed in way of what people think SHIMWORLD is and represents (in my instances, the perception being far from the truth). I’m taking this opportunity to clear the air in wake of organizations seeking free publicity here—I don’t blame them, afterall as a businessman, high traffic equals good exposure so that’s just logical business-sense to want to be associated with the bee-to-honey analogy!
To date, the countless corporate event pictures that I’ve posted are actual events I was hired for. Recently, someone actually thought I had left my IT job with enough wealth to start blogging for fun! I was stunned and nearly lost for words! I personally do not know any “top” blogger who blogs in the pretext of fun and my peers RanoAdidas.com and Anakbrunei.org are no exception! If anything, we are dead serious about our respective mission to succeed differing only in strategies and implementation.
All that’s said and done, photography comes first and blogs an afterthought! I’m in the business of delivering creative and artistic commercial photography services for clients in the various industries. If you have an immediate job requirement, send me an email.