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February 1, 2009


The inaugural issue of altfotonet.org has been launched.

The process has me wondering now about the differences between brick and mortar galleries and e-zines, and website and blogs. What differentiates a magazine from a gallery, a blog from a website, a website from a bricks and mortar gallery, a blog from an e-zine?

My plan with altfotonet, is to build a repository of photographic art work that represents the current focus of where people are trying to take photography, with the help of the other members of the selection committee. A kind of beacon for others to follow.

February 3, 2009

Detective work?

unidentified agfa camera

A former student has asked me, for some help. Can anyone help me identify this camera, I can see it's an Agfa, but not the make?

February 5, 2009

Upcoming Show

industrial landscape

The first for 2009.

If you'd like a high resolution version of the invite e-mail me, and I'll send you the pdf.

February 6, 2009

100,000,000 geotagged photos

Geo-tagging an idea close to my heart reached a milestone recently on flickr

[Code: Flickr Developer Blog ยป 100,000,000 geotagged photos (plus)]

I like the idea of creating a collective narrative of who we are and where we are, something only made possible by the internet, computers, and sites like flickr.

February 7, 2009


Browsing my film archives of the last few days, looking for work for the upcoming group show I'm in, I am once again struck by the power of photography and memory. The search reminded me of several locations, that I'd not visited for some time, and some images I'd made that for whatever reason, I'd never gotten around to printing. Now with the ability to publish my work as a book, either electronically, or as hard copy, it maybe time to revisit this older work, some spanning more than 20 years, to give it fresh life and an audience.

February 18, 2009

Unjust laws in New Zealand

Are being proposed, join the protest.

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. CreativeFreedom.org.nz is against this unjust law - help us

February 20, 2009

Photography Book Collector?

For all you collectors of photography books, [I am one], here's 2 new polaroid books on the market.

    Very rare book, exclusive hand signed by author Alan R Earls for all PolaPremium customers. Filled with over 100 amazing pictures from the Polaroid Corporate Archives. A must-have collectors item!!
    New edition of the Japanese HUGE magazine, completely dedicated to the magic of Polaroid. 150 colorful pages will conquer your senses and show the world the immortal power of Polaroid pictures and tools.

February 21, 2009

Tyranny of Distance

The tyranny of distance, and idea proposed by, Geoffrey Blainey, is to some extent still in place, and sometimes the internet amplifies it, other times it diminishes it. Sometimes, both.

These exhibitions all look interesting, I found out about them via the internet, but of course it is not possible for me to visit any of them.

Of course seeing screen versions of these images, if the galleries in question have an online exhibition, in no way replaces the experience of seeing them in the flesh.

Or does it?

February 22, 2009

But It's Still a Camera

It should be noted that before the advent of the focal-plane shutter, reflex mirror, and motor drive even old-fashioned cameras were virtually silent. Indeed, that is one of the reasons that so many great photographers loved using rangefinders like the Leica. They were small, quiet, and unobtrusive.--David Schonau

This quote from David Schonau, raises a good point. [The complete article is about a politician attempting to bring in a law in the USA, that all camera phones have an audible shutter.] While he is correct in that Leicas and similar range-finders are virtually silent, they are STILL cameras. Everybody in western culture knows what a camera is and is capable of, but the dual functionality of a mobile phone camera makes this more of a intriguing and potentially confusing issue. One that is still being debated. It even impacts on an approach and style of phone-camera photography, as seen in That's MR poplabs' stream on flickr. Other people such as Mr Sco, use the device's dual functionality to capture some of the best candid portraiture I've seen in a long time, while I Nancy's candid work draws on a more formal style.

February 26, 2009


Flickr recently introduced a new feature, that shows nearby photo for any geo-tagged photo, no suprises that my recent work shot in and around Korroit Creek has nothing by anyone except myself. The info and interface was sadly buried a little and took more digging than I expected, for flickr anyway.
Flickr: Everyone's photos taken nearby
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

About February 2009

This page contains all entries posted to musings from the photographic memepool [the shallow end] in February 2009. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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