A year in pictures.

I’ve now pretty much left Instagram, bar for commenting/liking, and have moved my day-to-day photos towards Flickr.

For a while, I’ve had a feeling of wanting to take longer-lasting photographs, of better quality, that actually stand-up to time  — something which Matt well articulates. This post-Instagram, post-filter landscape has been accelerated by Instagram’s recent behaviour that has undermined its value to me and sullied the gentle social: the main reason I loved their service.

It is still a good record of the bits and pieces that I’ve experienced over the past year — including getting married, a handful of trips to Mitteleuropa and more Copenhagen — but next year I’d like to get better at photography, with a better camera.

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Instagram and Other People’s Shopping Lists.

Since October last year, Instagram has ruled my photograph taking. It’s done what Flickr should have done and what twitpic, yfrog and the like thought they were doing — a simple, single-purpose photo sharing mobile app.

It gets a lot of flak from people moaning about the use of filters, but that misses the point of what it really is. Like criticising twitter for people’s spellings. As a social space, it’s probably my favourite at the moment. It reminds me of the early days of twitter – the days when you followed a fairly small, but diverse, group of people. When you shared ideas – occasionally what was for lunch – and didn’t have to worry about blocking all the SEO spammers or niche retail outlets from Kentucky, or people shouting for attention.

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Storifying The Story (2011).

I used Storify to write up my notes from The Story.

It was a bit of a slog, but quite a rewarding process. Some BETA-ness in Storify resulted in the occasional William Burroughs passage, and rewrites. Anyway, there you are. It’s a bit long.

Kathryn Corrick did a much nicer document of the day.

Villages, towns and Magical Moomin Valley.

A brief tour diary from our rapid trip from Yorkshire to Merseyside and back again, taking in model villages, a family party and a visit to Moomin Valley.

Riding out tonight to case the promised land

Photograph Notes: #6

I have missed a few weeks because of one reason or another. Everything below is from the month of August so far.

Photograph Notes: #5

Photograph notes from Sunday 25th July to Saturday 31st July:

Week spent listening to these albums:

  • Rhythm of Black Lines / Pele — split 12″
  • The(e) Speaking Canaries — Songs for the Terrestrially Challenged
  • June of ’44 — Four Great Points
  • Rusko — OMG
  • Photograph Notes: #4

    Photograph notes from Sunday 18th July to Saturday 24th July:

    Week spent listening to these albums:

  • The Red Krayola — Introduction
  • Storm and Stress — Under Thunder and Fluorescent Lights
  • Imbalance — Spouting Rhetoric