Well here we are at the end of yet another year and preparing for the new one ahead in just a few hours.
And what a year 2011 has been. Not the best of years on some levels, but certainly not the worst.
2011 saw my photography side take off a little bit with a new photographic website - http://www.neilfellowesphotography.com/ - and a host of new photographic opportunities such as Ben "Benge" Edwards' electronic music studio and the embrace of the Norfolk countryside with my good friend and former B.B.C. film-maker, Clive Dunn (no, not that one, the other one). And of course, 2011 saw the arrival of my trusty Fujifilm Finepix S2950HD camera - The Fuji. She's been a friend and ally since April.
The music side of my life saw a successful and well received Geigertek set at the Bungay Bash in June, the start of my weekly "Man of 2 Worlds Radio Show" in July, the release of the Trinity album "Music For Angels" with David Wright and Nigel Turner-Heffer in August and the release of my third studio album, "Soundtrack For City Living" in October.
I got to meet some interesting people in the forms of the previously mentioned Ben "Benge" Edwards, famed concert attender Tapio Normall, John Foxx website administrator Rob Harris (who also supplied a couple of photos for the inlay of the "Soundtrack For City Living" CD booklet) and the high-light of the year was seeing in concert and meeting my biggest musical inspiration and hero, John Foxx, in October. A pure delight.
And looking forward to 2012, well there's plenty on the roster for the coming year. Musically, there's the writing and recording of a brand new Code Indigo CD, I'll be producing an album for a new artist called Iotronica, I'll be developing of a new electronica project to be called Neil Fellowes and the Impossible Men with my son, Callum Raeburn-Fellowes and guitarist Peter Dagg as well working on the fourth Geigertek album, to be called "Hollow Sun".
On the photography front, I'll be starting my Synth Studio Project, visiting a number of electronic music artists and photographing them and their studios, a return to Urban Exploration after a 10 month sabbatical, and a number of smaller project which I will reveal once I have some "definites" to share. I'm planning a book featuring some of my work and I'll be working a book project with my good friend Clive Dunn.
Now, I'm not one for making New Year's Resolutions for the simple reason I'm too flaky to stick to them :-) I did read a rather amusing, but quite true comment about New Year's Resolutions in that they are nothing more than a glorified to-do list for the first week of January. So true, so very true. I have found that having a list of things to achieve for the coming year is far less legally and psychologically binding than the well-intentioned NYR's and on my list of things to achieve in 2012 will be the eradication of my expotentially expanding waiste-line, shoring up the finances which are absolutely the worst they have ever been which is much the case for many of us these days (unless you're an M.P. or a banker of course), writing a book (photography-based), establishing the landscape history group and website Topographex with Clive Dunn and further promoting the "Man of 2 Worlds Radio Show" and the Neil Fellowes Photography website.
Well there you go, another year done and another one starting. All in all, 2012 looks to be a busy and creative year and you know something, I can't wait to get started.