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Over Share

12 April 2011

Dear J-

One of the things that you have to choose is whether or not to share photos onlline and if so then where. If you are a private person then you’ve got to know that everything that goes online stays online for far longer than you might think so it’s not a decison to enter into lightly. Me, between bursting with pride and laziness, instead of sending photos via email to my folks, I direct them to flickr — not because it’s the greatest site ever but because it’s (1) not blocked at work, (2) reasonably cheap, and (3) has fairly strong, simple privacy options which I use to keep personally-identifiable information off the public site. There’s lots of similar avenues — facebook, Picasa, smugmug, pbase — which all have their own set of pros and cons.

I mention this because as the photographer I get the unique luxury of not having the camera trained my way. No one needs to see the head behind the camera anyway — if high school is any indication then all we need to know is summarized by a Google Images search for (aviator glasses bowl cut). We have the tools available to reconnect with friends from miles and years away, in home towns and strange towns. I run into people I know online and the first thing I do is ask if they’ve got pictures to share. It’s a friendly braggy thing and I now understand why my parents insisted on bringing a camera everywhere: you’re going to want to see this, and you’re going to want to remember and your parents are so amazed at everything you do it overwhelms them with joy.

After all you don’t share photos you don’t care about. My keeper rate hovers around the batting average of most pitchers (in the AL) so if I overpublish you should see some of the ones that didn’t make the cut. Because storage is cheap, though, I’ve saved a copy of just about everything I’ve ever processed, be it the high school photography class I took or the shots from last week. One thing to remember is that when you shoot for your own sake, are you being true to the spirt of the subject? Many of the shots I take are technically fine thanks to modern technologies like autofocus and autoexposure but reflect a flat view of that person: I could no more post a non-crazy picture of figgy than I could turn off the laughter pealing in my head when I see her again tonight.

Mike

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