Jan. 19th, 2009

rhythmaning: (sunset)
There is a meme going around that works like this:

Go to your picture files
Go to your 6th folder.
Go to your 6th picture.
Tell us about it.


This of course ought to be the perfect meme for me. You may have noticed that I take copious numbers of photographs. But I can't.

The sixth folder is empty. It doesn’t contain any photographs.

I don't order my photographs like that. My folders are structured differently. The control freak in me means that I refuse to use the "My Photographs" folder (similarly any other preloaded folder, apart from music, which iTunes wouldn't let me change to suit the way I think: I had to do what it wanted, which annoyed me no end, since I much prefer doing what I want).

I use folders and subfolders to organise my photographs, and a nested taxonomy (one of my favourite words...) to order them; although the most dominant classification is “places”: and within places, by date.

There are other classifications: the sixth folder in my Photographs folder (which is a sub-folder itself – see, I said this didn’t work for me) is “landscape”, but now most landscapes I take are subsumed in “places”. Other folders are “portraits”, “art images”, “botanic gardens” (which hasn’t been used for a long, long time, and should really be moved to “places/Edinburgh”…), “art images”, “events” and “music”. All of these intersect, of course: I understand the use of tags here (though I don’t use tags, apart from when I have dumped my photographs onto flickr ) to cross-reference.

I was thinking I would instead chose a favourite photograph; but I do that regularly (and I am about to post many pictures, later today) – and of course I write about them.

So you can make do with those, instead.

It’s just the way my mind works.
rhythmaning: (sunset)
There is a meme going around that works like this:

Go to your picture files
Go to your 6th folder.
Go to your 6th picture.
Tell us about it.


This of course ought to be the perfect meme for me. You may have noticed that I take copious numbers of photographs. But I can't.

The sixth folder is empty. It doesn’t contain any photographs.

I don't order my photographs like that. My folders are structured differently. The control freak in me means that I refuse to use the "My Photographs" folder (similarly any other preloaded folder, apart from music, which iTunes wouldn't let me change to suit the way I think: I had to do what it wanted, which annoyed me no end, since I much prefer doing what I want).

I use folders and subfolders to organise my photographs, and a nested taxonomy (one of my favourite words...) to order them; although the most dominant classification is “places”: and within places, by date.

There are other classifications: the sixth folder in my Photographs folder (which is a sub-folder itself – see, I said this didn’t work for me) is “landscape”, but now most landscapes I take are subsumed in “places”. Other folders are “portraits”, “art images”, “botanic gardens” (which hasn’t been used for a long, long time, and should really be moved to “places/Edinburgh”…), “art images”, “events” and “music”. All of these intersect, of course: I understand the use of tags here (though I don’t use tags, apart from when I have dumped my photographs onto flickr ) to cross-reference.

I was thinking I would instead chose a favourite photograph; but I do that regularly (and I am about to post many pictures, later today) – and of course I write about them.

So you can make do with those, instead.

It’s just the way my mind works.
rhythmaning: (sunset)
I have scanned photographs I took on my first visit to India in November and December, 1991, and I am posting them together with letters I wrote subsequently about the trip. I don’t seem to have written to anyone about the last part of the trip – or I didn’t keep a copy of the letter – so I have written a short piece, based on my memories.

For most of the trip I was travelling once more with G. – it was his idea to go to India, where he had been before. I wasn’t especially keen, but I had holiday I had to use up before the end of the year, I had a fair bit of money and it sound like it could be interesting.

I was immediately converted to India: I found it a fascinating, confusing and sometimes deeply irritating place. I have been back twice since, and I want to go again sometime.
rhythmaning: (sunset)
I have scanned photographs I took on my first visit to India in November and December, 1991, and I am posting them together with letters I wrote subsequently about the trip. I don’t seem to have written to anyone about the last part of the trip – or I didn’t keep a copy of the letter – so I have written a short piece, based on my memories.

For most of the trip I was travelling once more with G. – it was his idea to go to India, where he had been before. I wasn’t especially keen, but I had holiday I had to use up before the end of the year, I had a fair bit of money and it sound like it could be interesting.

I was immediately converted to India: I found it a fascinating, confusing and sometimes deeply irritating place. I have been back twice since, and I want to go again sometime.

Delhi

Jan. 19th, 2009 11:25 am
rhythmaning: (violin)
(This is the text of a letter I wrote in 1992 about a trip to India in 1991. I have edited out bits that were nothing to do with that trip, and corrected a few typos, but everything else is much as I wrote it.)

Lots of words and a few photographs after the cut... )

Delhi

Jan. 19th, 2009 11:25 am
rhythmaning: (violin)
(This is the text of a letter I wrote in 1992 about a trip to India in 1991. I have edited out bits that were nothing to do with that trip, and corrected a few typos, but everything else is much as I wrote it.)

Lots of words and a few photographs after the cut... )
rhythmaning: (violin)
(This is the text of a letter I wrote in 1992 about a trip to India in 1991. I have edited out bits that were nothing to do with that trip, and corrected a few typos, but everything else is much as I wrote it.)

Lots of words and pictures behind the cut... )
rhythmaning: (violin)
(This is the text of a letter I wrote in 1992 about a trip to India in 1991. I have edited out bits that were nothing to do with that trip, and corrected a few typos, but everything else is much as I wrote it.)

Lots of words and pictures behind the cut... )

Darjeeling

Jan. 19th, 2009 01:44 pm
rhythmaning: (sunset)
(This is the text of a letter I wrote in 1993 about a trip to India in 1991. I have edited out bits that were nothing to do with that trip, and corrected a few typos, but everything else is much as I wrote it.)

The End of the World.

Lots of words and a few photographs after the cut... )

Darjeeling

Jan. 19th, 2009 01:44 pm
rhythmaning: (sunset)
(This is the text of a letter I wrote in 1993 about a trip to India in 1991. I have edited out bits that were nothing to do with that trip, and corrected a few typos, but everything else is much as I wrote it.)

The End of the World.

Lots of words and a few photographs after the cut... )
rhythmaning: (violin)
I never cease to be surprised by what people look at on my flickr pages.

But I am curious for a real preference for scanned text over photographs. The pair scans of aphorisms which I was given by a stranger in Darjeeling 18 years ago have got way more hits than any of the photographs taken at the same time I uploaded today.

Also interesting is a real preference for people: the pictures of G., with whom I was travelling, also have more hits than the landscapes and cityscapes.

I often don't include people in my photographs - unless they are the subject of the photograph. I go to lengths to exclude people, sometimes: you could look at my pictures of Edinburgh, New York or London and think of them as unpopulated, desolate places. (Aside from some people getting married and some others running through an art gallery...)

This is partly because I am always wary of putting pictures of people I know on flickr - they may not want to be there. I have have some lovely pictures of the friends I stay with when I visit New York, but they might not want pictures of their kids splashed over the internet.

It is also because if a picture is of a building or a shape (and a lot of mine are), I don't need to see people there, too: the abstract is enough for me.

But that's just me: and clearly other people like pictures of smiling faces!
rhythmaning: (violin)
I never cease to be surprised by what people look at on my flickr pages.

But I am curious for a real preference for scanned text over photographs. The pair scans of aphorisms which I was given by a stranger in Darjeeling 18 years ago have got way more hits than any of the photographs taken at the same time I uploaded today.

Also interesting is a real preference for people: the pictures of G., with whom I was travelling, also have more hits than the landscapes and cityscapes.

I often don't include people in my photographs - unless they are the subject of the photograph. I go to lengths to exclude people, sometimes: you could look at my pictures of Edinburgh, New York or London and think of them as unpopulated, desolate places. (Aside from some people getting married and some others running through an art gallery...)

This is partly because I am always wary of putting pictures of people I know on flickr - they may not want to be there. I have have some lovely pictures of the friends I stay with when I visit New York, but they might not want pictures of their kids splashed over the internet.

It is also because if a picture is of a building or a shape (and a lot of mine are), I don't need to see people there, too: the abstract is enough for me.

But that's just me: and clearly other people like pictures of smiling faces!

Archery

Jan. 19th, 2009 07:17 pm
rhythmaning: (whisky)
Brian Aldridge - a businessman you can trust!

PS I think Radio 3 must have their evening concerts timed by the the Archers on Radio 4: switching over after the Archers and it is the applause between pieces in the evening concert.

Archery

Jan. 19th, 2009 07:17 pm
rhythmaning: (whisky)
Brian Aldridge - a businessman you can trust!

PS I think Radio 3 must have their evening concerts timed by the the Archers on Radio 4: switching over after the Archers and it is the applause between pieces in the evening concert.

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