Well, hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve seen you here– actually maybe that’s because it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. You might have noticed that a few things have changed around here, most notably how everything looks 🙂
I’ve wanted to update the look of the site and make it more Web 2.0 (3.0? 4.0? What version of the web are we even on these days, anyway??) but frankly, I don’t have time for that nonsense, so I’ve bit the bullet and paid for a “professional” theme. I’m still going to be tweaking and updating things over the next few weeks but all the major pieces should be in place. Do leave a comment if you see anything amiss.
You might also be wondering about the actual, you know, photography side of things, since ostensibly that’s what y’all are here for. Well, I confess I’m pretty far behind on my photo editing, and even further behind on posting any shots here (as of right now, I’m about 1 year behind on photos to edit and probably closer to 2 years behind for posting any photos). Fortunately I also didn’t actually take that many photos in 2019, so you’re not missing a whole lot there.
One of my goals (not resolutions, because I don’t do those) for 2020 is to get back into photography in a more serious way, because it’s a good creative outlet for me, and I miss it. To that end, I’m participating in Chelsea London’s 52 Weeks of Photography challenge, which encourages people to take one photo a week for the entire year. I’ve always loved the idea of doing photography challenges (and some of my long-time readers might remember the 50/50 challenge I did in the very early days of this site), but they’re often a lot of work. However, one photo a week seems pretty doable to me, so I’m hoping I can keep up with that. So, at the very least, you can expect to see something new every week here.
And, as I work through my backlog of photos and stuff, I’ll be updating and posting some of them here as well. One common complaint about the old site was that sometimes I’d put 10 or 20 photos in a single post, which either people didn’t read, or just kinda skimmed the first few before moving on. Another common issue is that I’d go on a trip, take 1000 photos, and then spend three months posting a few photos a day just from that trip, which got to feel pretty old and repetitive after a while.
Well, in this new theme, I can include “galleries” and “portfolios” which you can browse through. So, for example, when I eventually get around to posting photos from New Zealand and Australia, I’ll just stick them all in a gallery all at once, which you can then browse through at your leisure. Then when I do add new posts, I’m planning to just include a single photo, which will give me some space to (maybe) provide a little more commentary around the shot. No promises there, though.
(And by the way, if you are looking for any of my old content, it’s all still here; it’s just tucked away in the archives, where it’s probably not going to get much love. When you do theme updates and change things around this much, links go bad, photos disappear, etc — so you’re welcome to browse the archives, and please point out anything that’s broken or missing, but I’m not going to be proactively maintaining the old stuff or trying to fix it)
Anyways, I hope you like the new look, and more importantly, I hope you like the new content! I don’t really do social media, so if you want to keep up-to-date on what I’m posting the best way to do that is to subscribe! (I know a bunch of you were subscribed in the past, but unfortunately all those subscriptions are gone and you’ll have to resubscribe now).
I’m going to follow this post up later with another one discussing the technical features of the site, because I spent a long time reading the internet and trying to find advice on how to run a good photography site, and it’s hard to find good info. But for right now, it’s after midnight and I need to sleep, so that post will have to wait.
Thanks for reading!
Hi David, I was glad to see your email the other day – it’s been a long time! I live in Los Angeles now, and would love to make it up to visit at some point. Hope you’re all doing well!