Not a photo-op

This is not a photo opportunity:
How the inscription read.

Made me pause, as I was editing the San Antonio pictures, in as much as I edit anything. That website was born out of a – to me – bizarre collection of images. More a jumbled mess and less along any thematic line, other than all occurring within the confines of Bexar County.

Strange, to me, the original idea was prompted by an advertising company that sought to embed adverts in web images. What’s the ironic part? I don’t use that advertising anymore. Great idea, didn’t work. Didn’t make enough off the advertising alone. Which was the problem with that way of trying to make any of this pay.

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The hardest part, the most difficult piece to the puzzle, the part that I struggle with the most?

It’s supposed to be a (web) photo gallery. Nothing more. No text. No writing long-winded explanations about what the image really is, what it means, what it meant to me, what was ironic, what the weather conditions were, what kind of equipment was used, nothing.

Equipment? That was part of the challenge. My first digital camera was a plug-in phone module. I moved up to a cheap ($100) camera and I’ve gone through approximately a half-dozen of those cheap cameras. I’m hard on equipment. But that’s also the joy of having a camera ready when those unlikely opportunities arise.

The real challenge, other than, maybe, a few keywords? Don’t write anything about the image. Let the picture tell its story.

That gets close to impossible for me, hence a (self-imposed) limitation. Just a little restraint serves to strengthen the art itself.

Never underestimate how much fun it is to mess with one’s own head, too.

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  • ssmith04 Oct 10, 2008 @ 13:30

    You’re right about Sagg and fire. The spark sometimes seems/feels dead, but let a little zephyr of an idea, a challenge, waft across it, and the spark flares into flame again. Even for a short, gray-haired, little old lady in jeans and tee shirt. The fire of commitment attracts, inspires and, occasionally, burns. But…life would be dull, flat, stale and unprofitable without it.

  • ssmith04 Oct 10, 2008 @ 13:31

    By the way, did you mean “eminently” quotable? Or “immanently”?

  • Kramer Oct 11, 2008 @ 8:08

    yes, must talk with the editor about that spelling issue.

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