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Poetry and Photography Titles

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Speaking in stranger's mouths

When I was a lot younger, I had the thought that I would scribble my poetry on top of my paintings, giving both a bit more depth. I never was satisfied with any results, mostly because I’ve never learned how to draw. My painting skills are basically that of a six year old. My poems are pretty obscure, which works well for being painted, but only if the painting is interesting, and I never felt any were interesting enough to share.

I stopped working in oil/acrylic about 20 years ago, and switched to photography.

I still haven’t found a good medium for my poems, but recently had the thought that if I changed how I worked in my digital darkroom a bit, I could use photo titles as a form of free verse.

Normally, as I’ve written previously, when I start working in my digital darkroom on a new photograph, I keep it on my screen until I come up with an appropriate title, and then start tweaking the photo until I finish.

But what if, instead I kept a running diary of verse1 and used those, in sequence, for photo titles?

Only I would know why certain photos would necessarily be hung together, with titles that cohere into a larger thought.

Hmmm. We’ll see if this works out.

Footnotes:
  1. or used already completed verses []

Written by Seth Anderson

December 13th, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Posted in Personal,Photography

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To Goethe The Master Mind of The German People was uploaded to Flickr

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This is how most authors looked, and dressed, before the invention of Social Media

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I took To Goethe The Master Mind of The German People on October 11, 2018 at 06:26AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 13, 2018 at 11:47AM

  • To Goethe The Master Mind of The German People
  • unknown sculpture, Bridgeport Art Center
  • Hungry Porch Kensington Market
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Eyes Of Grey
  • Aunt Pat Looking At Ruth Asawa's San Francisco Fountain
  • Habakuk (Homage to Max Ernst)
  • I Am A Slow Walker But I Never Walk Back
  • Hipster For Rent
  • Nearly Any News Was Better News
  • Fulton M
  • Haymarket Riot Memorial Might Return Soon
  • Dragonfly God Darting In
  • Bask In Being Human
  • Gazing Out of Your Windows
  • Haymarket Monument Design, Mary Brogger, 2003
  • Summer Moore
  • Technicolor Maple Leaf Moose
  • Iron Horse Blues
  • The Artemis Fish
  • The Night They Carried My Yard Gnome Away
  • Yard Pig
  • Out Walking The Bird
  • You Think You Are Holding Up Your End
  • Vinyl Bird - Townes Van Zandt - Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, TX
  • Wondrous Things
  • Our Lady of The Backyard
  • Chicago Fire Academy
  • Do You Feel It Closing In?
  • Chained To The Cross Of Your Own Construction

Written by eggplant

December 13th, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Sidewalks Sleek With Regrets and Recriminations was uploaded to Flickr

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River North,Chicago, light rain

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I took Sidewalks Sleek With Regrets and Recriminations on November 04, 2018 at 06:30AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 09, 2018 at 10:02PM

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December 9th, 2018 at 10:12 pm

Photonic Installation

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Since I’m testing out the brand new Gutenberg editor for WordPress, I’m also playing around with better Flickr integration.

There are several WordPress/Flickr plugins, I’m starting with one called Photonic which seems pretty robust.

Anyway, here is an album, on Flickr, dedicated to Our Crumbling Infrastructure.

Written by Seth Anderson

December 9th, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Posted in Photography

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I’d Ask What The Matter Is But I Know You Don’t Talk Much was uploaded to Flickr

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Interstate Highway, Chicago

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I took I’d Ask What The Matter Is But I Know You Don’t Talk Much on March 16, 2015 at 07:54AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 01, 2018 at 04:36PM

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December 1st, 2018 at 6:12 pm

Sick Of All This Repetition was uploaded to Flickr

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Hubbard’s Cave, Interstate Highway underpass, Chicago

For reference for those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing it during rush hour traffic:
www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2009/09/23/what-is-hubbards-c…

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I took Sick Of All This Repetition on March 16, 2015 at 07:53AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 01, 2018 at 03:49PM

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December 1st, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Stop Being Influenced By Fools was uploaded to Flickr

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Fulton Market

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I took Stop Being Influenced By Fools on March 16, 2015 at 07:52AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on November 30, 2018 at 07:58PM

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November 30th, 2018 at 9:03 pm

Kodak Ektachrome is Now Shipping

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Kodak Cameras and Film

PetaPixel reports:

After nearly two years of building up anticipation, Kodak Alaris has just announced that it has started shipping Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 film worldwide. If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the film stock again, you’ll be able to very soon.

The new Ektachrome will initially be available in 35mm film rolls in the standard 36×24mm film format. It’s a daylight balanced color positive film that features “clean, vibrant colors, a neutral tone scale, and extremely fine grain,” and it’s “well suited to a wide range of applications, such as product, landscape, nature and fashion photography,” Kodak Alaris says.

(click here to continue reading Kodak Ektachrome is Now Shipping.)

Cool. I find myself gravitating towards Ektachrome emulation often. If I ever fixed my Nikon D8008 35mm, I’d for sure use this for color shooting.

Suspicions

Leaving Soon - Ektachrome

Written by Seth Anderson

September 25th, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Photography

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I Mean It Sometimes – Explored on Flickr

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I Mean It Sometimes
I Mean It Sometimes

An iPhone snapshot that I mistakenly converted to DNG in Lightroom when importing, so I went ahead and processed it using the Photoshop workflow I usually use for photos taken with my Nikon – using the Photoshop Raw tools, DxO Software’s Color Efex 4, Alien Skin’s Exposure X3, and so on.

Turned out ok, though I’m not all that happy with the skies being as washed out as they are.

Flickr’s algorithm liked it apparently.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Written by Seth Anderson

August 31st, 2018 at 7:09 pm

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Let Your Light Shine was uploaded to Flickr

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Paddleboarders, Lake Austin (or whatever this body of water is called these days)

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I took Let Your Light Shine on October 29, 2012 at 01:06PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 29, 2018 at 06:57PM

((stupid IFTTT triple posted this photo. Doh!!))

Written by eggplant

July 29th, 2018 at 9:39 pm

Unspoken Tensions

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Unspoken Tensions
Unspoken Tensions

Taken on May 16th, 2018, processed in my digital darkroom July 27th, 2018.

I flipped the image 180º to accentuate the angle, make the photo more dramatic. I also like how the cloud wisps turned into what looks like melted steel in the sky. 

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Written by Seth Anderson

July 29th, 2018 at 10:59 am

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SmugMug snaps up Flickr photo service from Verizon’s Oath

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Old Skooler
Old Skooler

USA Today reports:

Flickr has been snapped up by Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, USA TODAY has learned.

SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill told USA TODAY he’s committed to breathing new life into the faded social networking pioneer, which hosted photos and lively interactions long before it became trendy.

SmugMug, an independent, family-run company, will maintain Flickr as a standalone community of amateur and professional photographers and give the long neglected service the focus and resources it deserves, MacAskill said in an exclusive interview.

The mostly free Flickr was founded in 2004 and played a central role in the cultural and social life of the Internet. Friendships were forged on Flickr as people shared photographs and others commented on them. 

Overshadowed in the smartphone era by the rise of Facebook and Instagram, Flickr suffered defections to rival services but held onto a core loyal following of shutterbugs despite product and policy misses and the hacks of Yahoo, as well as encroaching competition from Google and other massive photo services.

Traffic has shrunk from its heyday, but Flickr says it has more than 75 million registered photographers and more than 100 million unique users who post tens of billions of photos. In March, Flickr had 13.1 million unique visitors, up from 10.8 million a year earlier, according to research firm comScore.

(click here to continue reading SmugMug snaps up Flickr photo service from Verizon’s Oath.)

Hmm, that’s potentially great news. I’ve used SmugMug for selling prints in the past,1 and of course, I’m a multiple-visits-daily user of Flickr ever since I was a beta-version Flickereeno.2 

Yesterday as I drifted off to sleep I even had the germ of an blog post idea about Flickr’s long term future. I assume Flickr is profitable, and gets quite a lot of traffic, but nothing has been changed there for a long, long time. I’m not sure what Verizon’s plans were, or if they had decided upon them. 

So I’m cautiously optimistic this will be good synergy.

And I especially liked this:

 

And, in an industry that dangles free services to suck up people’s personal information to target ads, SmugMug has catered to people who are willing to pay for privacy and storage, offering four levels of subscriptions to appeal to everyday shutterbugs and professional photographers alike.

 

MacAskill says the SmugMug model works for the business and his conscience because it aligns his incentives with his customers. “We don’t mine our customers’ photos for information to sell to the highest bidder, or to turn into targeted advertising campaigns,” he said.

 

After revelations that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information pilfered by Cambridge Analytica, a British political firm with ties to the Donald Trump presidential campaign, consumers are having second thoughts about trading their data for a free service.

 

 

(click here to continue reading SmugMug snaps up Flickr photo service from Verizon’s Oath.)

Footnotes:

  1. without much success to be honest []
  2. circa 2004 []

Written by Seth Anderson

April 20th, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Posted in Business,Photography

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Hearing Voices With No One Around was uploaded to Flickr

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Broken windows are metaphors, right?

Fulton Market somewhere…

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I took Hearing Voices With No One Around on October 10, 2013 at 11:38AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 04, 2018 at 02:01AM

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April 4th, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Wouldn’t Give Me The Time Of Day was uploaded to Flickr

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Chicago

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I took Wouldn’t Give Me The Time Of Day on October 13, 2013 at 09:46AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 04, 2018 at 02:11AM

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April 4th, 2018 at 10:57 am

Become Someone Better was uploaded to Flickr

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Storm grate, downtown Chicago somewhere

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I took Become Someone Better on October 19, 2013 at 08:46AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 04, 2018 at 02:19AM

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April 4th, 2018 at 2:25 am