Uncommon Photographers started back sometime in 2004 (I think, probably even earlier) and had undergone several iterations because of server issues. In many cases, I had to move servers because the site, at one point, became so popular due to a mention, I think, in kottke.org, I don’t remember now, it might have been another site, but it was an early form of being viral when viral was still not in the vocabulary. The hosting companies said that I hogged their resources and I was asked to move or upgrade, several times. When I finally got exasperated moving sites lock stock and barrel, I finally rented/bought my own server. But that also presented many problems – servers are hacked or are attempted to be hacked constantly, and I surely had my share of attacks, a majority of which were unsuccessful but there were a few hacks that went through due to vulnerabilities of software. There were two particular attacks in the past that were so severe and intractable that we had to reformat the drives and start all over again. Even with backups, I would just decide to re-do my sites and start from scratch.
At anyrate, I have two more weeks of vacation so I decided to clean/purge several old external hard drives and am finding many photos that I had in the site in its earlier form. (When I should be cleaning the apartment, right, but no, I am plastered in front of my computer doing what I enjoy doing. Hah!) This batch were in a folder dated February 1, 2009. It looked like I was out in the middle of winter from morning till night that day – but really, half of the pictures were taken from my office window and while the other half were during my walk from my building to the bus stop.
Saw this as I was cleaning (I mean purging) an old hard drive. I can’t get enough of this historical church. It is absolutely gorgeous.
Here are two valuable pictures from my childhood that I posted in The Mirror Project back in 2002-2003.
The caption for this one: My Tatay (father) just arrived from from a study tour in the United States. He brought home my first camera. It was an Agfa Box camera. This was back in 1967.
I probably was in Grade III then. Taken in the upstairs dresser mirror of our house in Malinao, Aklan. That dresser used to be downstairs in my mother’s room, but then, for whatever reason, she moved it to the second floor.
I distinctly remember this photo, when it was taken (first year high school), where it was taken (Project 6, on the hubcap of our cousin, N. Fely Salvacion’s car) and who took it (my brother, Dennis, holding the camera). We were visiting the Salvacions in their house in Project 6 and when we saw our distorted images on the hubcap of their car parked in the garage, we decided to take pictures of our distorted selves. When I was participating in the Mirror Project and wanted to send a really cool picture, I remembered this. So, I e-mailed my brother if he had a copy of this picture. And this is what he e-mailed back (which is the caption on Mirror Project):
“Would you believe I found the pic you asked for? I think this was from 1968-69, when you were high school freshman.I was third year in high school and I had a new Kodak Instamatic camera. Psychedelic art was very big then.”
And also visited my Parisian cousins.
Those were the days when I was in academia. Now, I am just a lowly high school teacher teaching in Indiana.
Pardon the pixelation, these were taken with an early consumer digital camera, the Fujifilm DX7.
Steadying himself with whatever is available. Which I do all the time. Sometimes, I just hold the camera close to my body, tightly, then I stop breathing for a few moments, while pressing the shutter.
But this is so much better, propping your camera on a steady surface.
Taken sometime in the late 1990’s, early 2000. I think I was using a FujiFilm point and shoot early digital then.
The Ruins of Tulum
November 14, 2010
Hyde Park Photowalk with the Chicago and Northern Illinois Meet Up Group, November 4, 2011
Two groups of tourists at Chicago’s Millennium Park
Bench photography, Montjuic Castle, Barcelona
December 2, 2007
Tulips, Michigan Ave. and Congress Parkway, May 1, 2009