Retiree gets the picture, for over 1,000 days

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words are more than 1,000 pictures worth? Try saying that quickly, lol.

The previous sentence is not a tongue-twister, or a riddle, but a labour of love for Duncan resident Jan de Bree.

As rocker Rod Stewart sang, every picture tells a story, and de Bree's 1,000 plus pictures posted on the photo blogging platform tell, well, a thousand at least.

Three years ago, the retiree didn't take the Pepsi challenge, but the Blipfoto challenge which challenged him to post a photo a day.

"I think I did it because I'm ADD," he said joking, "If I didn't do it, nothing would happen. It's like dieting, maybe (having this commitment) would force me into it. It's motivating people to do something and follow through."

de Bree bought his first camera almost 40 years ago, in 1978, for a trip to the Netherlands.

The technology has changed drastically since then, with people using digital cameras instead of film.

"When I used film, I took a lot less photos (because of the cost) and so the learning curve took longer," he said. "When I first got my digital camera I took a lot more photos, I improved a lot. I learned a lot about photography, without wasting a lot of film."

While some of the other photographers' pictures on the site follow a theme - one Scot is fascinated with seagulls, while another photographer loves gnomes and nicknacks, de Bree likes variety.

Favourite subjects include the Cowichan Bay estuary, stone churches, fishermen, the railroad track, music festivals, the rainforest and what he calls funny pics.

These days he's using a Nikon D7000; his favourite lens is a 18-200 mm lens.

The fact that he paints and draws gives him a good eye.

One that hasn't gone unnoticed. While he's never focussed on selling his pics, the American Automobile Association and a South Dakota travel website have bought some of his pictures after seeing them online.

Does he have another year of photos in him, are there more pictures to come? Probably, the former youth worker said.

"My wife says I get cranky if I'm in the house all day. I need to get out."

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