Camino Audits

Over the next several days, I'm going to post a series of Camino “audits,” retrospectively analysing various aspects of my journey – practically, physically, and metaphysically.

I'll also post my top ten favourite photos, and I'll also post my top ten favourite yellow arrow shots, and door shots.

I'll also do an audit on my photographic process.

As well, I'll post pics of those people who've impacted upon me in some way during my journey.

Some of this may be of interest to you, and some may not – however I feel I need to “complete” my journey with these series of retrospective analyses.

What will be most difficult will be the analysis of myself. Because apart from anything else, as my mate Rusty said, the full import of this pilgrimage may not become apparent for months, or years.

However, there are some things I've learnt which I feel qualified to discuss – for instance, the concept of increments: how big goals can be achieved through little steps.

Some of you have very kindly suggested that I turn this blog into a book – and whilst I think very few people would be interested in my ramblings in a conventional book format, perhaps I should consider an “e-book.”

I haven't taken any real touristy shots though – I've purposefully avoided them, because they've never interested me. Other people take those kind of shots better than me.

(When William Eggleston, my favourite photographer, did a photographic book on Paris, he published shots of reflections in puddles and fleeting images in shop windows, things like that. Not one shot of the Eiffel Tower! And yet he captured the tone and feeling of Paris more evocatively than anyone since Atget.)

So, later today I'll do my first “audit” and it will be on my gear – what I took, what I used and what I didn't, what worked and and what didn't, and why.

I'm starting with my gear because that's easy.

The hard stuff will be the internal stuff.


12 thoughts on “Camino Audits

  1. Hi Bill – congratulations on the completion of your journey – both without and within. Your generosity in sharing your journey with all who know you, and all of us who don’t know you but who you’ve so generously shared your blog with, is a VERY BIG THING – thank you so much. Your narrative and photography has been exceptional. A book would be a gift to a much wider audience – think about it and maybe ‘Seize The Day!’ as Elizabeth Best and Colin Bowles did in their WONDERFUL Camino book ‘The Year We Seized The Day’ – awesome book which I re-read every few months. Thank you again Bill – Kind regards – JennyH, Sydney.


    • Hi Jenny – I’ll give some thought to an ebook – but not sure if anyone will be interested in my ramblings on “beauty” and “true pilgrims!”

      But thank you for your very generous words.



  2. Joe and I would definitely enjoy a book of your thoughts and pictures, email or hardback. Keep us posted. Your journey will spill out the rest of your life.



  3. So enjoyed your pictures and much of your experience reminded me of my stages (especially your day outside of Burgos…exact feelings I had). I’ m not certain any of us took “touristy” pictures though. I will be honest many of the pictures you took I took pictures of the same things, HOWEVER your pictures is way better than mine in that I am far from a professional photographer. Somewhere else you wrote that you felt your blog was different than others and again I think many of us blogged the same feelings etc… I think where it differed was that your pictures were without a doubt some of the nicest I have seen. I have been fortunate in this past year (4 months pre Camino and about 7 post) that I have stumbled onto some wonderful blogs.
    I didn’t want you underestimating the typical pilgrim…I think many of us saw the same beauty that you did and just felt a desire to share that…


    • Good, thanks for letting me know my blog is like a bunch of others.

      Much appreciated.

      You’re wrong though when you say I have underestimated the “typical pilgrim.” If you’ve read my blog properly, then you will see that I have only ever expressed the utmost respect for pilgrims of ALL types.

      Unlike you, who post anonymously, I don’t think there IS a typical pilgrim. Everyone is unique, and walks the Camino for their own particular reasons.

      And I don’t believe we all have felt the same feelings. How could you possibly have felt what I felt coming into Santiago? How could you in any way have felt what I felt walking across the Meseta?

      I think you should closely examine the reason you felt compelled to post your comment, Anonymous.


      • Well said. There is nothing ordinary about you. Havent followed others but fr all the comments other folks feel the same way. Thank you for all you have done. Speaking only for me, you have made my Camino starting Thursday all the better. People are interesting, huh?
        Gidday y’all. Aussie and Texas. :-))


    • Bill,

      If you get any hankering to reverse rolls, mine is and Jill’s is Still enjoying whatever you post. Keep it up. Steve


    • Wow!! If your blog is as interesting and beautifully written, please share the address!!


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