Newsletter?


Gary over at Thoughtfactory is now writing a newsletter. Like so many  he is distancing himself from the devils bargain that is “free” Facebook gmail and so on.  I totally support this move back to the pre facebook era. A time when blogs and blogging held sway. At absolutely no cost to the reader.

Encourage him and others like him so we can reclaim the web.

Here’s a little list of newsletters I subscribe too.

  • Craig Mod [Ridgeline free] [Roden Subscriber based] is a Japanese based Photographer and Writer.
  • Noah Kalina is a US based Commercial Photographer
  • Jöerg Colberg is a US based Photographer, Academic and Writer
  • Andy Adams is a US based Curator and all round friend of photography.
  • Lewis Bush is a UK based Academic and Writer
  • Suzanne Phoenix is a Melbourne Based Photographer Photobook maker and Artist.
  • FoPG The Friends of Photography Group (FoPG) is a film photography group based in Melbourne, Australia. Membership is free and you are emailed events and exhibitions.

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Walking

Sunset over Kyoto
Sunset over Kyoto 2009-09-20 17:35:43

Walking is a side interest of mine. There are parts of my suburb, Sunshine, that I walk often. As for the remainder of Melbourne, I usually drive or catch a train to any other destinations. Driving allows me some flexibility in terms of equipment. I can carry everything. Walking requires a choice. Usually Digital or Analogue. Mostly Digital if I was honest.

Through Andy Adams I discovered Craig Mod. Craig is an expatriate of the USA living in Japan. He walks A LOT. He is a writer, photographer, and walker. I first heard of him and his unusual publishing experiment in May last year. The premise is simple and something I have long wondered about. He  texted an image once a day over six weeks as he walks 1000 kilometres in Japan. He also recorded a sound bite at the same time each morning. The pictures were sent via SMS each morning Japan time. You could if chose respond. However, Craig would not see or know of your response until the end of the journey. Here are his 3 parameters for the whole affair.

  1. I’m curious about using the network to publish without being used by it.
  2. I’m curious about fleeting, non-permanent online gatherings.
  3. I’m curious about drawing “edges” around walks.

A few days ago, Craig published an essay on a walk he conducted the full length of the Ise-ji path starting at Ise Grand Shrine up north, ending some eight days later at Hayatama Shrine in Shingu down south. It’s a long read but Craig is an excellent writer.

Given Australia’s relative youth there are very few tracks of this nature here. There are some that I am aware of, Tasmania for example has several. Most National and State parks have some short walks too. An interesting side note would be that all of the new infrastructure projects here in Melbourne at least, often include a bike path.