As with any long-term journaling, what’s especially fun is the bigger picture you get from looking back. I see the individual books, yes, and my passing topical interests and ongoing obsessions, but I also see who I was hanging out with, who I was influenced by, and an incidental history of where I was living.
I was astounded by Bill Rankin’s map of Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000.
For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.
A walk in wintry woods, Stockholm, Sweden.
Carter Corsets, woman with stars and stripes background, by Victor Keppler. I love this photo.
97. Harpsichord. Plus ça change…
ROTHKOesque, a group of photos with Mark Rothko-ish qualities.
Spent some time playing with Flickr stats the other day. I’m not really looking to be known for my photographs, but I am a sucker for data. As expected, my stats don’t demonstrate that internet users worldwide have come to appreciate my uncanny eye for composition and form, but rather that one can leverage Flickr’s hard-won Google ranking and search relevance to own some obscure keywords.
- I was happy to see that two photos of mine are being used in the Wikipedia article on Pine Grove Furnace State Park, from my earlier hike this summer. I think that makes me some kind of expert.
- Another photo from my hike is at some random $noring-related blog, of the dedicated snoring shelter at Tumbling Run, Pennsylvania. Of course, next door there’s the non-snoring shelter.
- If you happen to Google for “big hanging balls,” (I recommend you don’t) my photo of a big hanging ball sculpture in the High Museum comes up on the first page.
- My photos also come up for Schatten Gallery and El Toro Ferocio, both parts of recent exhibitions at Emory University.
- Lastly, one of my favorites: I’m the number 2 result for 65536 iv, a screenshot from when I ventured to the very end of an Excel spreadsheet.