Back in 2004 when I first signed up for a free flickr account I had no idea what I was doing with the service. I did know that the volume of digital files I was creating with both cameras and smartphones needed to be seen and shared. Flickr’s initial offering allowed users to create sets as they were called then and also join groups. Groups could have an obvious common theme or be rearlly obscure. JG Ballard is an obscure group, whereas Paths we walk is more obvious. These seemed to be a great way to share my work.
Outside of these ideas albums allows me to interconnect images. Historically an exhibition has an overarching idea, the work on the walls expressses this. The viewer can choose to walk through the space and engage anyway they see fit.
Albums on a site like flickr are a far more web like experience, non linear and openened. Each picture I post can have multiple ideas runnng though it. I achieve this by putting images in mutiple albums from a simple time based one, for the year the image was made for example, to other ideas that constantly run though my work. Some of those ideas have their roots in the Situationists and their ideas about the derive. Others explore the added metadata that can add a layer of context or meaning to an image.
Lastly, each image I choose to upload needs to speak to the preceding image in some way. This forms an angoing process that has me dippig into my archive regularly. The connections may be obvious, subject matter or location for example, or subtle like line, shape or composition. I treat my feed as a permanent 24/7/365 gallery. Available for all the world to see.
Deep down this does not really answer why I photograph the places I do, or even what drives me to pick up a camera. Perhaps that idea is for another day?
https://hubertfischer.com [books! Hubert & Fischer is a design studio with offices in New York and Berlin with a global client base]
https://shutdown.gallery (gallery? Where?)(Based on the idea to use limitation as a creative tool instead of declaring it as constraint, SHUTDOWN.gallery aims to rethink existing concepts and to reestablish focus in a world of distraction. Every week, there will be a new exhibition with an artist whose work moves the world of art and design and thus maintains the fertile environment of constant change.)(is the site broken?)
Short form blogging as a form of note taking, thinking out loud, and public learning has taken off quietly in the last few years. I have spent some time recently reading about and trying to setup my own disparate set of tools to do this as well.
It’s all a bit too technical right now. Some options I’ve considered are, Notion as a webpage, Voodoopad as a self constructed wiki, some suggest simply writing a html page and updating as I see fit, this is the least technical option for me and may yet take shape. At the moment I’m dropping most snippets of text, some pdfs and images into Apple’s notes app. From a search and retrieve perspective this is fine, however a digital garden is more than that. [See the links below for more on the ideas and approach to digital gardening.]
For now I have rejigged my WordPress blog in an attempt to better reflect this approach, adding a menu option in the main menu at the top for a links page. Also adding content to my about page that explains a bit about digtial gardens. I also moved categories to my sidebar to make the interconnections between my words/posts and other media seem more obvious.
Moving forward I will try to add as much link rich information as I can in each post. This will allow for some non-linear reading. In the meantime my motley collection of links can be found on pinboard.in/u/:s2art, there is a social element there and it has a small annual fee attached, as well as a taxonomic tool for tags and organisation.
Here’s a list of articles that have been sitting in my open tabs in my browser for over a week now that have me thinking abot this idea of a digital garden.
Photography and blogging have become my two of my most pleasurable passions; well photography has been that way since 1987.
My history of blogging is not as long as some. I have been blogging using text, photography and on occasion video since the early 2000s.
As I contemplate my final days as a middle aged man, I have been looking back over my digital footprint; consisting of some blogging and lots of photography. My time also includes some micro-blogging and photography since 2004. I have been interested in all things web since my introduction to it in 1995. I have jumped and hopped from blogging service to service. The one constant? My photography.
I have used many blogging platforms and tools. I started writing blog style entries on my own website in October 2003, [A caveat these links may be broken.]
I was fortunate to have an extended discussion with Gary recently which was helped cement some ideas that I had not had the opportunity to contemplate before. I also created an album on flickr that demonstrates where I began with my photography.
Next weekend I am participating in an event at the CCP around the Photo 2021 festival.
Titled, Reading Photobooks with Photobook Club Melbourne, . Several photobook makers, academics and artists will, ask, ‘What does it mean to ‘read’ a photobook?’. Join this meetup with Photobook Club Melbourne, and discover the new perspectives and depths of meaning that can come from exploring a photobook in a group discussion.
I’m considering a second edition of my book, Body Bags and other Misdemeanours for the Melbourne Art Book Fair next month.
One final thought, much has been made about Facebook’s response to the federal Government’s attempts at legislation. All anyone needs to do is subscribe to newsletters or newsfeeds of all the major media outlets and your knowledge of current events will be fresh. It’s how we did it before Facebook. It is how I am doing it right now.
I have tweaked my blog.
There is now a follow button at the top of the sidebar navigation on the right. If you want to be kept up to date on the goings on around here, just use that button.
Facebook & The News?
I’m also wondering if I put a link to an Australian news article here then share back to Facebook what will happen. [edit, it does not work, in fact I cant even post a simple link to my blog!]
A raft of new features were added in the recent iOs 14.3 update.
Two stand out for me.
Firstly the new Apple Raw file format. Since about 2017 or 2018 I used a 3rd party app that captured DNG files as I went. Called ProCamera. Now Apple natively supports DNG in camera.
Scroll down to formats.
Toggle Apple ProRaw on
The second is a setting about app tracking and privacy. You need to activate this setting to enable sites like Facebook to track your movements online. It is off by default. Personally I would leave it that way. More on the Mac Rumours website
Scroll and tap Tracking.
Make sure the toggle is grey. No sites or apps can track your movements.