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Want is a four letter word - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Want is a four letter word
I took some shots this morning at great personal risk1 thinking that at least one of them would make it onto 7shots today. Unfortunately, I managed to leave my camera's uplink cable2 attached to one of my spanky new USB 2.0 ports at home. This means that I won't be able to share the interesting shadowing I saw on an otherwise completely unremarkable structure3 before this evening at the very earliest. Bugger and hell.

'Course, it's not like the delay will be terribly noticed. Posting in the community remains limited and sporadic, and that in mind I've been reevaluating my original reluctance to assume responsibility for one of the days. I've a terrible perfectionist streak, but I've managed to get images up pretty consistently, even if doing so involved a great deal of agonizing over shots I was not entirely happy with. In some ways, it's been good to have the artificial deadline which forces me to actually get out and shoot just to have something to work with. I guess all of this is by way of saying that in the four months of my involvement, I've taken the community very seriously, and it's a little disappointing to see that others don't seem to. Coming in with a post after weeks away to say something like, "I totally forgot about this community..." makes me think that maybe it's time you step aside for someone who won't.

I suppose I really should take a much more zen approach.

On the other hand, I censor myself way too much as it is. The tendency is so pervasive that my stoicism has often been mistaken for complacency or worse, disinterest. Trying to keep everyone happy at appreciable cost to my own happiness and sanity has gotten old. No statement of purpose here... change is a subtle progressive thing for me. This is just a grand "fuck it" because I want to see genuine activity in the community by people who care about the project as much as I do.


1This is assuming that you'll accept that a pinch-faced bank manager chasing me down with "Sir? Sir? Is there a reason why you're taking pictures of the bank?" as great personal risk. I was very close to telling her that I was planning a heist as ambitious as the one in The Italian Job, but opted instead to show her the pics I took.
2Really, I have no idea what it's called so I'm making shit up.
3Citizen's took down a block dating from the 19th Century to put up a utilitarian single-story with a car park in the mid-90's. I'm still a little sore over this.
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sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: August 19th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
2 Really, I have no idea what it's called so I'm making shit up.

This footnote amuses me to no end - very charming, somehow.
komos From: komos Date: August 19th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's my latent storyteller coming to surface.

It's kind of interesting how disarming an admission of vulnerability can be. Thanks for mentioning it. ^_^
sinspired From: sinspired Date: August 19th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really, I have no idea what it's called so I'm making shit up.
Actually, uplink cable is one of the accepted terms, along with "USB connection cable", "Camera cable", and "that thingy you use to plug the camera into the computer".

Oddly enough, it is the latter which would probably give you the best results when shopping for one.
komos From: komos Date: August 19th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm through asking store gnomes for exactly what I want. It only serves to confuse them, and then they get all panicky and weird.
teddywookie From: teddywookie Date: August 19th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

missinglink

sidelink downlink preciouslink linklink flexlink bitlink bytelink pfhotolink datalink ishmaelink

I've been watching this project but mostly quietly since usually I have to say is ooh pretty! From the number of comments on 7shots it looks like I'm not the only one. I wonder if your photo crew feels like no one is watching.

komos From: komos Date: August 19th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: missinglink

Part of the appeal is that the community isn't overwhelmingly posty like some of the other photographic communities I've seen. On the other hand, because posting is limited, I don't think that it generates the interest it would otherwise. It might if we were all rockstars of the photography world, but really, that's not the case.

I don't think I know enough about the art to comment constructively on pieces. I tend to study the photos other post to get ideas about subject matter, framing, lighting, etc. It seems a slow process, but I think I've been learning some. Need input. Badly.
starflow From: starflow Date: August 19th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have made my interest in taking over a day known, so I hope I get asked if ever there's a rotation. I have lots of things I could post, and, like you, it would compel me to take my camera out a bit more often.
komos From: komos Date: August 19th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
technocowboy also seemed pretty excited about it. I imagine that the status quo will remain for a while longer, but hopefully not so long that it will start feeling like a dead community.
alex_victory From: alex_victory Date: August 19th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Sir? Sir? Is there a reason why you're taking pictures of the bank?"

I love overly polite questions like these. If she'd asked, "Why are you taking pictures?" well then you might be obligated to answer her. As it stands you could just have said, "Yup!" and gone on your way.
komos From: komos Date: August 19th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's certainly not as though she really understood what I was up to after I answered her, either. Simple fact of the matter is that I was on a public way, and no matter how "nervous [I] make people," there are (as yet) no restrictions on my taking photos of whatever I damned well please.
alex_victory From: alex_victory Date: August 19th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is true, but if you were Arab I bet they'd find an excuse to lock you up for a little while.
komos From: komos Date: August 19th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, people without pasty white skin are just as likely to be tour'ists.
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