new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

train of thought

a very long time ago (before email) a friend told me that he preferred to write letters over using the telephone. when i asked him why, he told me to imagine all the consecutive positions of a letter in space -- and to visualize them together. they'd make a kind of worm-like object in space. then imagine it touching the author's hand on one and and the recipient's hand on the other.

he felt that, in that way, he was indirectly actually touching his friend's hand on the other side.

that's the first time i visualized time as a fourth dimension -- if it is. many types of images come to mind on this theme.

there was a video someone had made where he actually gathered people of every age -- the youngest was newborn and the oldest was in her eighties, i believe -- lined them up without clothing, and filmed as his camera want past them. i've searched to find it, unsuccessfully at the moment*.

*EDIT: as time goes by, the human body, BBC. thank you, owmyhands!

the other was a family who had a tradition of taking individual portraits of each of the members every year for 30 years.

variations on that them are videos comprised of daily portraits in the same spot over time.

blurred exposures, combined exposures, moving photographs, all sorts of trails -- star trails, car trails... there are so many ways to show time.

yeah. this is stuff i think about when i'm waiting for the train.

train of thought
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i took this at monastiraki station yesterday (geotagged on its flickr page) after a wonderful mayday with friends, strolling around the foot of the acropolis, and having a delicious lunch at monastiraki's cafe avissinia. it helped that i had some ouzo (on ice, with lemon soda. yum.)

this is a 10-second hand-held exposure.


  1. Is Ouzo an alchoolic drink? Cause, you don`t need booze. It looks perfect, great for a mural, why not?

  2. ouzo is one of the classic, cliche greek drinks. it's a white spirit and has the taste of anise.