1. Willem says:


    I love your color work.

    I would love to see the rest of Europe through your eyes.
    Best mode of transport: a bicycle à la Dervla Murphy. (yep I am Dutch…the bicycle country ;-) )

    1. Charlene says:

      Thank you Willem. I’d love to see the rest of Europe myself. There is so little time, but I’m working very hard on it.

      Agreed re bicycle… in places that are bike friendly anyway. I’ve spent a decent part of each summer for the last 3 years in Copenhagen, so fully appreciative of the bike as the best public transport option!

  2. greg says:

    Really cool.

    However, given your exchange with Willem and the POV of this post, I have keep getting this image of you in Victorian garb, on Mary Poppins’ bicycle flying over rooftops with XT-1 in hand. I know, I am burdened with a truly strange sense of humor… :-)

    1. greg says:

      Oops! Never mind. Strange sense of humor,perhaps, but bad memory of the movie. MP flew with her umbrella and if one stretches the point a bit, perhaps on merry-go-round horses, but no bike. Maybe if we add in the rain pictures from Sri Lanka… . To make it a further fail, Mary Poppins is Edwardian, not Victorian. Zeesh.

    2. Charlene says:

      Hahahaha, Greg, it’s funny to read you going all nerd on yourself.

      I imagine Victorian garb being ridiculously uncomfortable to cycle in (among other things). So glad I live in this time and space…. having just watched the new Star Trek, even more ridiculously glad to be!

  3. Willem says:

    Greg, Mary Poppins may sound great but Dervla Murphy is even more fantastic. She traveled from Ireland to India on a simple bicycle. That was in 1963…the world was a different place in those day’s. She has a website…interesting person!
    Charlene, I hope you find the time to travel. I imagine you as the perfect travelling photographer. But I suppose it can be a lonesome way of live.

    1. Charlene says:

      Wow Willem, I had not heard of Dervla Murphy before this. MUST get a copy of her book, she sounds like the kind of adventurer I want to be. I very much doubt I’m the perfect travel photographer. I don’t push myself as hard as I could (or should), but having experienced a number of personal setbacks in the last few years, I think I am learning how far I can push myself, and the best fashion in which to do it.

      Being a nomad can be lonely. Lucky for me, these days I travel with another kindred spirit :)

  4. Willem says:

    Charlene, yes Murphy’s book ‘Full Tilt’ is an amazing story.
    Your color work for me is in the same league as that of Ernst Haas and Saul Leither with a new approach and taking things a step further.
    I don’t think Saul Leither was a big traveller, so small travel will do :-)

    And how about selling your prints or make a Blurb book? Your work deserves more than a website.

    Oh…and Fuji should finally give it’s ambassador that X-E2 body ;-)

    1. Charlene says:

      That’s very kind of you Willem, but I think I have a long way to go in understanding my own work, before developing it to half of what the greats did. I don’t push myself in that as hard as I could/should either, I feel (this is why I don’t sell my work in any form). Only time will tell if I ever do!

      Fuji has given this ambassador more gear than she can carry already!

  5. Willem says:

    Saul Leiter….not Saul Leither (jeez)

  6. Willem says:

    Charlene, don’t push yourself….just let it flow ! For me ‘Pushing it’ is a business attitude modern life is trying to force on all of us.
    A nice old ZEN quote: “If you tighten the string too much, it will snap, and if you leave it too slack, it won’t play”
    I made images for a long time. Do I understand them? Maybe?? But it is what I did. I leave the understanding and interpretation to others. The longer I am uncertain in this live the more I see it as an asset. Spiritually that is fine. Financially it doesn’t help :-)

    1. Charlene says:

      Hehehehe, indeed. Well these are things most of us can’t force, one way or another, so it will happen in its own good time.

      Now where’s my lotto win?!

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