In photo news, I did a really fun assignment for Real Change yesterday. An alternative grade school in south Seattle had a "Unity Day" march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was soooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuute seeing the kids with their signs for peace, love, and whatnot, and their raggedy, piping chants of "What do we want?" "Brunch!" "When do we want it?" "Noonish." Wait, wrong parade. "What do we want?" "Peace!" "When do we want it?" "Now!" I walked around Columbia City a little bit in the rain, then came home.
I keyworded and archived all the photos from the Frye Apartments. Now I'm in the middle of printing out contact sheets from a bunch of directories I keyworded/archived earlier. Printing contact sheets is boring, especially since I haven't done it regularly in the past and there are HUNDREDS to print. Sheesh! And why? Will I ever, honestly, go back and say, look at that forgotten gem!, get it off the DVD, process it and post it? I doubt it.
The intro to Arrivals and Departures
talks about how the book was posthumously constructed from his contact sheets and archives. I also read about an architectural photographer in LA (whose name I forget) who's been working for close to 50 years. He's saved every 4x5 negative he's ever taken, cross indexed and referenced. He's specialized in houses. Guess what: You do that for 50 years, and you have a remarkable warehouse of information that can be mined for archtectural trends, urban development, just about anything you can think of.
I think the keywording and reviewing is being worthwhile. I'm finding more neon, for instance, and have created a couple categories for projects I might research further. And seeing how my workflow has changed, and what
I consider interesting to photograph. I think I've said that before.
It's just that it's boring to print out the contact sheets. Okay, fine.