“Why? Who?”, you ask. Thomashawk, photographer extraordinaire, has taught me a lot about photography. I’ve never met him, or gone on a photo-walk (to be fixed some day), but have learnt from his work, nonetheless.
I am compelled to write this, because, in some ways, there is a certain vindication to Flickr doing an article on him. He has been Flickr’s ardent fan, and critic. It’s been a long road! From the fun insanity of DMU(s), Zooomr, and flickr censorship to getting some well reserved recognition. Kudos!
Last weekend, I went to my first photo-walk in Vancouver. This one is a yearly affair, organized by Scott Kelby. It’s called the Worldwide Photowalk (#WWPW), and it was quite exciting. This was the fourth such event (and my first). I met a lot of very interesting people of varied backgrounds. Can’t wait for the next one.
A couple of weeks ago I started a new project – to shoot random strangers in the streets of GVRD (Greater Vancouver Regional Districts – for those of you that are not from here). I wanted to see if I had the guts to walk up to random strangers, and ask their permission to shoot a picture of them. I was also curious to know how they would react to it, and what my success rate would be.
I’ve asked around 14, and 8 said yes. Some of them were not comfortable with their pictures on the internets. I offered them 3 options.
1. Pictures don’t end up on the internet (emailed to them if they send me an email)
2. On the internet for non-commercial purposes.
3. On the internet in public domain.
Only 2 were ok with public domain. The rest opted for option 2. One didn’t want it on the internet at all.
It was an interesting experience, and I’m looking forward to more such excursions. For the lack of a better name, I chose to call this project : People of GVRD.
Suggestions are welcome. Do you have a better name for the project? Perhaps, thoughts on how I should approach people. Do you think I’m insane? Apart from photos, would you be interested in a short blurb about the person? What would you like to know?
to write a blog post, when someone calls you to tell you that they checked your blog, and there was nothing of interest. Ofcourse, being lazy, I just chose to put some pictures, which have been languishing in the netherworld of pictures on the internet — Picasa.
Looks like, Google has improved picasaweb to be almost usable. It is still void of comments, or any real social aspect. I’m still well within the free quota, and I’m not forking out money for yet another storage provider, until they provide a way to export all of the content that I generate in a “parseable” form (That’s right, we invent words here). Anyway, I will shut up with the review of another techy thingy, and put some pictures on.