elessa: (wyveri)
The other day I was watching a documentary regarding WWII. There were copious uses of photographs and video which were taken at the time. A woman was sifting through her parents photo album to locate specific photos related to events.

With the advent of digital media, the ability to browse through a tangible photo album is gone. We upload pics to various sites with the expectation they will remain there for us to browse. That is a false sense of security. Numerous photo hosting sites have vanished over the years. With them the images they stored. For instance, MobileMe, Webshots, Ovi Share, etc.

I have derived pleasure looking through the photographs kept by my parents which include images of grandparents, great grandparents, and even great great grandparents. Not to mention all the other attendant relatives, photos of places visited or lived

The same is true of documents. Companies strive to be electronic record keepers. What happens as software which created those documents becomes obsolete? Gone are documents which tell the story of human history. There are will be no hard copies of documents of the magnitude of Magna Carta charters, the US Declaration of Independence, tablets/scrolls/manuscripts which preserve stories and letters. Or even the telegram announcing the ceasefire for the European theatre of WWII.

A large portion of knowing where we have been will vanish into the ether.

This morning a friend posted a link to a BBC article,Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age' wherein he describes this dilemma. Is there a solution?

One hundred or one thousand years from now, will there be traces of today remaining to be discovered by future archaeologists and historians?
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this was posted on boing boing today. the image is by the fiance of a friend* of mine, brian mccarty. i wish i were in l.a. to give him a hug of congrats of being part of the artworks on display. awesome!





Fine art toy photographer Brian McCarty created this image for the stellar Manifest Hope: DC Gallery art exhibition that opened this weekend. Brian took the photo at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Brian tells me:

"People either love the shot or hate it, mostly because of the darker implications of putting Obama there. My goal was to foster discussion, especially since race is still the elephant in the room. For reasons very worthy of discussion, Obama was the only candidate NOT to visit the Lorraine..."

Manifest Hope: DC Gallery


*for my SoCal friends, brian is engaged to the mikachu
elessa: (Default)
wandered to the bay for the weekend. t'was quite loverly! i took oodles of pics. i find it amazing to see how many structures survived the 1906 earthquake. granted the place i stayed was constructed in 1908.

click the bridge to see some of my favourites.




edit: of course, it helps if i get the html right. ~sigh
elessa: (wyveri)
portraits before and after death

"This somber series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying - and living."

the guardian UK has an incredible and deeply moving photo essay of people who have died. each person speaks of what their life, dreams, and hopes are. the peace revealed is profound.

remember to live each moment fully.

it figures

Jan. 5th, 2008 10:45 am
elessa: (rainbow)
i enjoy photography. i am not interested in studio shoots or taking pictures of models/people. what i am interested in and enjoy is taking pictures of nature, structures, and generally inanimate objects when i am traveling.

on january 20th there is a seminar in san diego given by the national geographic specifically related to digital photography done while traveling.

wouldn't you know it... i have a con meeting that day during the exact hours of the seminar. *sigh

this continually happens with events i am interested in coinciding with the day of the meeting or the con itself. such as the two times zahi hawass, secretary general of the supreme council of antiquities and director of the giza pyramids excavation, taught a one week course in hieroglyphic translation at UCLA. both times was during the week of the con.

there have been numerous conventions, seminars and lectures related to topics i am interested in which fall on the date of the meetings. the majority of the time they are held only once per year, so i end up crossing my fingers that they will be scheduled again in the following year and not on the one sunday of the month when a meeting is.

i think it is time for a change.
elessa: (sexy)
1957 glamour photography

for all you erotic photographers out there. this is a scan of an issue from 1957 with some great vintage erotica. women in garters and sexy peeks of flesh.

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