Introducing a little project called imgtlk where I ask people to write about an image, or piece of art that can be represented visually (music, math, sculpture, literature, architecture, computer games, and so on), that was important to them, or inspired them somehow. It can be something they made themselves, or a piece created by someone else.
Taking one photograph a day is good for your health:
Interest in the connection between involvement in digital communities and well-being has increased as these communities become more commonplace. Specific models of interaction that affect well-being have emerged; here, we examine one of those models, termed ‘digital daily practice’. Digital daily practices involve a commitment to doing one thing – exercise, photography and writing – every day and sharing it online.
Here is one possible digital photography workflow written quickly in response to a query:
Download and install Lightroom or your preferred software on your computer. Create a Lightroom catalogue on an external drive (or array of drives) that you will hopefully make regular, tested backup copies of. Here is one possible folder structure that along with the file naming below has the benefit of being automatically sorted by date in your native computer file system so you don’t go nuts should Adobe/Lightroom go out of business:
When bombarded with bad news I like to remember Carl Sagan’s comments about a picture of our solar systems taken from Voyager 1:
We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
A photographer is someone who makes instant drawings using a tool that records impressions of light (Cartier-Bresson).
Professional photographers get paid for their drawings, but often the originality and honesty of the work suffers unless they choose the people they accept payment from carefully.
Amateur photographers do not get paid for their light drawings. They might draw to document a thing or express a feeling, or for no reason other than seeing how the thing they draw looks like drawn (Winogrand).
I said, Gee, how did you come to photograph monuments? And he said, ‘Oh’…he said…’The way I work is I don’t have a project, I photograph everything all the time, and then I look at my contact sheets and I say, I say, “Oh! I’m photographing monuments!”’
Today: Met Charles Traub, Chair of the MFA Photography and Related Media Department of the School of Visual Arts. He’s a very nice man and a very good photographer. It is looking like I will need to find some way to afford going to graduate school soon.
Monday: Working on a poster for Magdalena Baczewska, a piano virtuoso I was lucky to be able to listen to and photograph at the Italian Academy, where she will be playing November 18th.