About Me

My name is Joe and I am retired, or as my friends across the pond would say a pensioner. I have been into photography as a hobby for about forty years but for the last twenty I did not use my camera much because my working life got in the way . Now that I have some time on my hands I would like to share some of my work so the obvious choice was to start this blog. I would still consider myself an amateur photographer even though it has been part of my life for so long. Now that I have retired it seems that my passion for photography has returned. I am hoping this will reflect in my photos, but only time will tell. Any comments on my blog or photos would be greatly appreciated.

Life is definitely good !
Thank you for taking the time to visit … Joe

You can also follow me via twitterΒ @XtdVision

Or on Instagram – @xtjoe

If you enjoy black and white images please visit our other site – Monochromia

On Tumblr – The Visual Chronicle

142 thoughts on “About Me

  1. tom murtagh says:

    Hi JOE! Liked your photos of the old republic factory! I have been a P-47 Thunderbolt buff for many years, and yes I couldn’t agree with you more about the way big companies treat their employees these days!! I thought the American dream was for EVERONE!! Tom


    • Thank you very much Tom πŸ™‚ The P-47 Thunderbolt is indeed a very impressive machine. Most people seem to think the American dream is for everyone. Then you live and learn. The American dream is still true for entrepreneurs and big corporations that can exploit workers like they did in the early 1900’s. Have a great evening Tom.


  2. Good morning, Joe. I followed your blog but didn’t leave a message. I enjoy seeing your photos. At this point, everyone is my teacher. I am looking forward to learning a lot from you.
    Thanks for following my blog. I feel honored. Please feel free to give me any feedback. Feedback is good for learning. Thanks.


    • It’s my pleasure to follow your blog and comment on your photos. If you have questions about photography please contact me through my contact form and I would be more than happy to answer them πŸ™‚ My wife says I am a crummy teacher but we could try, LOL. Thank you again Helen and if you are into black and white images check out our new site that launched today Monochromia – http://groupexpo.wordpress.com It is a collective blog with seven of us contributing.


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    • Thanks again for the opportunity to share my photos and photoblog with a larger audience Spike πŸ™‚ I can’t believe it’s been a year since you ran this post. Have a wonderful day.


    • Thank you so much Maja for the very sweet comment I really appreciate it. I am also glad that you decided to keep going with your blog. I appreciate you nominating me for the award but I really don’t accept awards, I hope you don’t mind. Have a wonderful day Maja πŸ™‚


  4. Joe,
    My blog had its best day thus far yesterday, thanks to your re-blog of my “Evolving Doors” post. I just wanted to express my gratitude for your continued support, feedback and visits to “I Shutter at the Thought!”
    Best wishes,


    • Earl,
      Thank you very much for your kind words and I am glad your blog had its best day. Your post was entirely deserving of a re-blog.
      Best wishes


  5. If 40 years of shooting doesn’t make you a pro-photographer then it is an impossible task. I’ve only been shooting for half that time, and only wish I were half as talented as you. Consider my hat doffed. πŸ™‚
    Many thanks too for your visits to my various blogs. Enjoy the rest of your week!


  6. Hello Joe!
    Thank you for following my blog. You have Wonderful photos and such creative titles that perfectly tie into the subject of the photo. I’m sorry that I can’t name just one favorite. Like Splash of Color, but Verdigris is good and You have to Crawl before you Walk is great! Love your blog!
    I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
    I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
    I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
    I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
    Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: β€œTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
    Iris the Wanderer


  7. Joe, in the 11+ months I’ve been blogging, no one has ever re-blogged one of my posts….until today! I’m honored you did so on your blog. You’ve got some terrific shots, and I’m now following along. Thank you so much, again, for your interest in today’s post.


  8. A magical scroll arrived by messenger to inform me of the wonderful news: Joe, you are following my blog ramblings.

    I sincerely wish to take this opportunity to thank you. I know you’re probably busy, and there are so many amazing blogs in the blogsphere to spend your time reading, so I’m honoured you wish to spend time reading my posts.

    With my blog I hope to inform, teach and bring smiles to those who read. The main purpose of Diane Tibert’s Dreamer blog is to share my experience in writing and publishing, including operating my own company Quarter Castle Publishing. Since January 2011 I have created more than 300 posts to share my writing obsession. If you are on a publishing journey I hope these posts have made it easier.

    When I’m not talking about the writing and publishing world, I’m talking about my art, my animals (donkey, goats, chickens and ducks), the weather and living in Nova Scotia.

    Thank you for your support.


    • Thank you for also following my blog Diane πŸ˜€ One day soon I would like to visit Nova Scotia, I hear it is beautiful with plenty of photo opportunities.


  9. I’m very pleased to meet you, especially during this magical season. With the wonderful company you keep I see on this page, it is a surprise you and I have not connected sooner. Have a great New Years!


  10. Inspired and pretty says:

    Hi Joe, I discovered your blog via Meho and I’m very glad I discovered you. Your photography is superb !
    I see you have some photos of Manhattan, a city I adore, I’m always searching for blogs with photos from NYC.
    I hope you have a wonderful day πŸ™‚


  11. solarbeez says:

    Wow, I’ve been a photographer about that long too. Started out with big 4×5 Speed Graphic. Had to use a small suitcase to carry the film backs in. I bet you remember those too. I’m not quite retarded (I mean retired) yet. Having your own business means you can slow down, but still generate some income. My photography slowed down with everyone getting into digital and not really needing my expertise anymore, then I started keeping bees. Suddenly I had a whole new world to photograph…and videotape. Digital, I’m sure you will agree, is so much more fun because you don’t have to wait a week for the transparencies to be processed. I agree with you…”Life is definitely good.”


    • I do remember the Speed Graphic although I never used one. I was a late adopter of digital but now I agree it’s the way to go. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and comment. Enjoy your day πŸ˜‰


  12. Congratulations on retirement Joe. I’ve been quasi retired since 2004 after working at the same company for nearly 25 years. I found it a bit unsettling at first, even though I looked forward to change. It’s great that you’ve nurtured your creative passion for photography for this long and now can dedicate more time doing what you enjoy. I use my camera almost everyday but not so much with an artistic eye, mostly to help tell my stories at the blog. I really admire those who make everyday life look fantastic on film, can’t wait to explore your site.


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  14. I love some of your shots … styling in NYC being one … capturing moments in life with creativity … photos capture so much more than just the image, if done well as yours are.
    Thank you for stopping by and reading one of my posts.
    Blessings, God is Good!


  15. Hi Joseph, there is a widget on my site showing Β« The cream of WordPress photographers Β» Can I use your picture and make you appear in this widget? I really appreciate you pictures, so would you be part of the (this) cream?? πŸ˜‰


  16. Louise Fryer says:

    So glad to have stumbled across your blog this afternoon, I’ll be sure to keep a watch on your posts, really beautiful photographs. I hope one day to own a full frame Nikon. I am loving the D7100, I’ve always used Sony in the past.


    • Thank you Louise for your kind words. Your photos with the D7100 are so great I wouldn’t even worry about full frame (more sensor more cleaning). I have been using Nikon for about 35-40 years I just wish they would come out with a very compact mirror less camera like the Olympus. I also wish my D610 had the 51 point focusing system like your 7100. Have a great day πŸ˜€


  17. Bonjour Joe

    Great Philosophy, great Photographs and a Great Blog – welcome to the ‘TroisiΓ©me AgΓ¨’ as they call it here in France – I never knew blogging and photography could be so liberating, enjoyable and rewarding.

    Thanks for taking your time to visit my blog – l’m so pleased you seemed to enjoy it, as l do yours.




    • Bonjour Dan, I could not have stated blogging better than you had in your comment. It is liberating. I am enjoying your work and I am now following your blog. Thank you very much for your kind comments have a great evening.


  18. Big Ganga Photography says:

    Hi Joe. For a couple of reasons, I have made my blog private. I have tried sending you an invite using “The Visual Chronicle” and “Joe”. No luck. Anyway if you click on the request button doodah that will appear when you click my link, I’ll get it and all will be good. I do hope you will.


  19. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.


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