Sometimes for various reasons the best photo may be the one that conveys the least information. I believe this is the only digital artifact from a May 12 get-together of six bloggers at a London pub which can be shared without upsetting any of the parties involved. I regret that I didn’t also snap a picture of my meal — a fish species whose preparation is a specialty at the pub in question. I was able to remove most of the skeleton intact, and I think that, too, could been shared here for the partial edification of Via Negativa readers. However, at an earlier convocation at another location with just two other bloggers, I did have the presence of mind to photograph the dessert, consumption of which appeared to be something of a hazing ritual for non-native visitors.
Another evening, three of us quaffed beers on a floating pub anchored on the Thames, and at a certain point we all turned and snapped pictures of the lights on the water.
During a walk on Hampstead Heath, I asked my friend to pose with an especially massive oak tree, just to give a sense of scale.
It may seem odd that practitioners of a craft that practically requires shamelessness should be so wary of public exposure, but people have their reasons: everything from simple shyness to an instinct for self-preservation.
One thinks of a certain north-England blogger, for example, who, despite blogging under a pseudonym and saying nothing very incriminating, still lost her job when an insecure co-worker tracked down her blog.
Of course, some of us just don’t give a damn — as long as we are wearing some cool shades.
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