Why "serial dilettante"?
Serial: repeatedly committing the same offense and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern.
Dilettante: a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.
I'd like to return "dilettante" to a less pejorative meaning. Yes, I am guilty of the occasional vacuous dabble. But my dabbles often get serious and last decades, with breaks.
I bore easily. I love novelty, variety, and steep learning curves. So when the curve flattens a bit, I wander. But I return to it in a few weeks, months or years. And I usually repeat the cycle -- thus "serial."
I have done that for guitar, road cycling, tea, wine, French, Spanish, bourbons and vodkas, hiking and backpacking, watches, travel, and photography for over 50 years. I once enyoyed but probably left forever behind, model trains, cribbage boards, pipes, VW repair, cooking, bonsai, billiards, coffee, beer, cars, wood carving, competitive handgun shooting, mountaineering, and hog farming.
I appreciate specialists. They address the toughest problems and often break new ground. But all too often a single focus brings on boring monomania. Having specialized as a professional, I enjoy my frequent returns to amateur status.
Website building is new for me. Even thought the site focuses largely on one interest -- photography -- even the photographs reveal a reluctance to focus, as it were. They range from family snaps to wildlife on safari and monochrome art shots to color landscapes. A couple shots are by others. The photos presnt a range of other interests as well, and then I add a little writing. After all, I don't want the site to specialize . . . .
PS: For the photography gear heads out there who want to know about equipment, settings, etc., I have not usually provided any information with the photographs themselves. I can say that I used about a dozen cameras over time, inlcuding Nikon and Leica film, Canon, Rollei, and Olympus film and digital P&S, Nikon D100 and D700 digital, Leica M3 film, Leica Digilux 2 and M9 digital, and Panasonic GF1 and Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II micro 4/3 digital. All did the job needed. Some of the old family film photos are scanned with imperfections intact.
PPS: I genuinely believed when I started this project that I had coined the phrase "serial dilettante." But Google tells me that it appears in a biography of an Irish revolutionary from my own family's County Waterford, Thomas Meagher, who became an American lawyer and Civil War general ("doomed to be a serial dilettante"). I'll take it.