Photographer's Note

This simple photo just to wish you all a Happy New Year and let's hope that 2009 can be a better year than this one that is finishing which certainly hasn't been the best or the most happier of years.

For the world I wish (bit difficult but I wish) that someone, somehow can illuminate the heads of those who make wars and terrorism and makes them think that maybe this is not the best way of dealing with problems and differences among the us.

That finally some of the powerfull remembers that Earth belongs to all of us and not only few rich and powerfull, and they remember about the environmental problems THEY have created and THEY must deal with.

That finally someone remembers of those who still are dying as result of poverty and unger all around the globe, not only in Africa, Asia, or Latin American countries but also here in Europe and North America.

Now for our beloved site TE:

I'm not too active these last days but when I come to the site and see the news it seems that only bad news are welcome here...
And the list is quite extensive, photos removed by any reasons (valuable or not this is no longer a problem), members banned (new feature... and what a good one) because of some crisped conversations, some members who seem to just have joined to the site to insult or provoke others (not only on TE but also on TL and TN),
some of the most older members moving away as they cannot find any joy or thrill with it anymore.

My questions are: Is this site the same I joined almost 3 years ago? what has happened with it? Will it last until next year?

Word is now with the owners and it's up to them to bring motivation up to the site again and make their members want to spend some of their time here... or not...

From my side I will keep coming from time to time but certainly motivation is degrading every week as certainly this is not the site I joined filled with joy, with members motivated to critique usefuly the others photos, making remarks, workshops, uploading photos every day even when time was very short (just for the joy of participating).

My best whishes to all of you MOD's and members.

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