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I have decided to merge my photography and urban design blogs into one and call it simply ‘Tim Barton’. Sounds simple enough eh? What this means is that this will be the last post on Planning Picture in the foreseeable future. If you subscribe to this post either via RSS or email, please head over to Tim Barton ( and sign up to follow the new blog instead. Sorry for the slight inconvenience.

I am hopeful that this change will lead to more regular and more personal posts. And, if I wish, I can write about other stuff as well because this new blog only has my name at the top!

So, see you over at and thanks for supporting Planning Picture.


If you look at the Blog on a computer, rather than on a smartphone or through the RRS feed, you’ll notice I’ve refreshed the style and look of the blog. I wanted to make the content clearer and generally clean things up. Hope you like it.

Hello, and welcome to my new blog, Planning Picture. My name is Tim Barton. I am a Transportation Planner in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two of my passions are urban planning and photography. So Vancouver is a great place to be located! This blog is an attempt to combine the two. I have a suspicion that they might be a good combination, but you never know. If you agree, and especially if you disagree, with anything I’m saying, I’d love to hear from you and really encourage comments.

I already have a blog, a family and friends orientated thing, called   Feel free to check it out. It mainly serves to update friends and family back in the UK about what we’re up to here. I also have a very simple photography portfolio website at as well as a Flickr account here.

I dream. Quite a lot. In the shower, walking the streets, lying in bed. You can dream anywhere! I think I have begun to realise though, that a lot of my dreams are unfulfilled. I have the dream, the spark, the thought, but I lack the discipline or commitment to see it through. I’m sure this puts me in some common category of people descriptions, but it worries me. It means I could well be an underachiever who never fulfills their potential (see, I can dream about anything).

So, I have decided that I am determined to change this. People can change. I need to research, investigate, decide on a course of action and pursue. I’ll need help along the way. I’ll need friends and family to be accountable to, and I’ll need God, a constant refuge and sanctuary.

I think, I hope, this blog is part of that process. It focuses on two things I’m passionate about, but still feel I know so little of. In my work I am constantly drawn to the urban design and planning side of things. The engineering bit just doesn’t do it for me. And I love photography. Both taking pictures and looking at others’ works. The combination of technical and artistic skill appeal to me. Combine the two and you get… Planning Picture!

At church the pastor is doing a series about having a framework for life, a pattern so to speak. And for this no need discipline. Discipline has become almost a dirty word these days, but I believe it is vital to achieving your dreams.