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2012 in Review: EpochCatcher debut, my photography show, Australia, and a famous snail.

December 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) I haven't been blogging nearly as actively as I should, but I am changing that. 2012 has been an exciting year, and I expect 2013 will only be even more exciting, especially since--in a couple months--I am going to Australia for a year on a Work & Holiday visa. But, before I discuss that, let's review the past:

In January 2012, I created this website in anticipation of my first art exhibition: Teddy Fotiou: Wildlife Excursions (also, I wanted my own website, so I could look legit). To further prepare, I purchased a Canon 7D to replace my first DLSR, a Canon Rebel T3, and used it to photograph a number of new and elusive species, such as the eastern hognose snake and the pileated woodpecker.

When summer arrived, my exhibition went up and was on display from June 2 - July 8, 2012 at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Many people saw it, and I received quite a bit of exposure. I couldn't have been happier.

After my exhibition came down, I had a bit of a lull for a few months. I photographed a few new critters, but I didn't find anything particularly special or exciting. My usual territory, Newport News Park, grew a little stale. I needed a change.

Finally, in November 2012, I made a life-altering decision: I am going to Australia. Now, this may seem rash and random, but I assure you, it is not. I have always wanted to go to Australia. I just never had the guts to go until now.

Australia is notorious for its weird and dangerous wildlife. For many, that's a dealbreaker. For me, that's a draw. In fact, as a child, I admired Steven Irwin (aka the Crocodile Hunter), and he inspired me to engage wildlife in the ways I do today. Of course, I don't run around handling venomous snakes or crocodiles, but I do interact with animals as much as possible without causing them any harm or distress. That is how you get the best shots, after all.

So, anyways, expect to see a LOT of photos of Australian fauna throughout 2013 and early 2014. And some of them may not be above the ocean's surface. ;)

One more little detail that happened at the tail end of this year:

Land Snail Species In October 2011, I photographed a snail eating a mushroom, which I titled Of Mollusks and Mushrooms... At the time, I didn't think much of the picture, but I did display it during my photography exhibition because everyone told me they loved it.

Later on, in December 2012, I created a tumblr account, and this was one of the first photos I posted. Almost immediately, my photo took off, and my snail became a D-list internet celebrity! In fact, he's probably the most famous snail on tumblr!

Currently, he's accumulated over 2,400 notes. That means over 2,400 people have liked and reblogged this photo. Who knew a mollusk munching on a mushroom would be so popular?


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