Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Longtime Gentle Viewers may (or you will) remember a young photoblogger from Staten Island who called herself jenn see. She had a couple of project blogs Tourist of Everything and I Am Following My Fish, that she created with friends Mysfit and OldBen. She was also part of the WebPix project.
She passed away two years ago this month and I found recently that her blogs are still there, all of them, every last photo she posted. Except for the last posts which explains why there won't be anymore, they look like any other photoblog. A living testament to Jenn and her friends created by her. There can be no more fitting memorial to her than those. Go look.
The need to express ourselves, to create, to leave a mark that says 'I was here' is a primative drive. From the paleolithic cave paintings at Lascaux to dageurrotypes to digital imaging people have been saying "THIS is my world and THIS is how I experienced it and THIS is my record." Though maybe in not so many words.
But these living photographs, these records, this ability to share them is incredible. If Jenn took boxes of photos, they'd be tidied up and distributed to family members who might frame some, or box up the rest, but there they'd sit, not speaking for her.
Which brings me to dboo. dboo is the flickr name for a guy named Steve (the archivist) who is scanning and posting THOUSANDS images from his father in law, Nick DeWolf. Steve is turning these thousands of images, once more into the living photograph. He tells it much better than I can but that's the gist.
I'm thinking about this because I've recently lost some images and can only recall one other time that had happend and both times pain me so much that...well that I'm thinking about them and posting at 2am.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Which COULD mean I'd known him for years and simply hadn't seen him in the past 20 mins because of my increasingly poor memory.
Anyway, this sweet, gentle soul says: "No, I know you from your blog. I've seen it."
He had to butter my head to make it fit back in the car.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Fiesta Shows 2008 Carnie Badge.
I wanted 'your lowly and humble photographic servant' but they said it was too long
With this I get free admission to the fairgrounds. But no, I can't get you free rides.
They take it away for things like that. So stop asking!
Here he can be seen muscleing in on my Carnies action.
The fact that he has the cover of 'it's his job' and the Bangor Daily News is covering the State Fire Marshall Inspection doesn't fool me one bit.