TYAT [Ten Years Ago Today]

Ten years ago today I made this picture.

2009-01-25 19:08:09
Religious Figurines in a shop window.

Based on the date and time, I have no idea where I was when I made it. I do however know why I made it.

At this point in my flickr experience I am well and truly enmeshed in a game played on flickr that involved voting for and against other peoples camera-phone pictures. It was called DBOLRL. It was an acronym, it stood for something like Diabolical Lovers of Low Res, apparently. I didn’t setup the group up, but by 2009 was an admin and a very very regular player. Winning photos were deposited in another group called the DBLOLR Hard DiskĀ . The losing pictures were deposited in a group called, DBLOLR: I’m a loser.

As each image moved through the voting process, it garnered a lot of banter. Sometimes this banter overflowed to other text based games in the discussions areas of the group or became running in-jokes.

Plastic religious figurines was one of those jokes. This is why I made the picture.

It has yet to make its way to flickr but given the group like so many others has faded away I have no real reason to upload it. Even though thematically it would fit with my current picture in my stream. [More than one figure]

This is how I operate on flickr. I look for connections from one photo to the next by perusing my archive. I look for all kinds of connections. some are literal, some are colour, tone or shape related. Not to mention lighting qualities and direction. Sometimes I pick an opposite, and even at times the connection is conceptual which in itself may only be apparent to me. It is a pleasurable past time. It keeps my stream fresh and worth visiting in my mind anyway.

Vale darkroom tongs

Developer tongs finally die.
My Developer tongs finally died this week.

I have been using these tongs in my darkroom for such a long time. I can only hazard a guess and say I began using them at least 15 years ago, I built my darkroom in the garage around 2000-2001.

It’s funny how you put up with things. As soon as I grabbed a fresh pair my ability to work with wet prints in developer then improved immeasurably.

Still getting 15 plus years out of a piece of equipment is pretty good in this day and age of new hardware and software every 18 months.