Hello World
Rancho Seco, California, December 25, 2013

Hello World

A brief introduction to harrison.photography

I have around 55,000 photos in my corpus, taken over the last 50 years.

The images from the 19XX years are scanned negatives and family slides. I bought my first digital camera – a Canon EOS 1000D – in 2010 from Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto. That camera and kit lens stayed with me for years.

On average, I take about 4,000 pictures a year. As a horrible digital pack rat, I save every shot, even the bad ones.

The 2020 Pandemic really disrupted my flow, and I've been struggling to regain my former output. For instance, I took ~6,000 photos in 2014 but only managed 1,500 in 2020 and a mere 600 in 2021.

This is strictly amateur hour, I am not interested in photography as a way to make a living. My original goal was to have a hobby that would get me away from the computer and out in the wild, to master a physical object (or, at least, not suck) and meet new people.

Little did I know how much time I'd spend post-processing in Lightroom...

I plan to use this platform for posting pictures and galleries from over the years.

Starting a blog in 2024 feels kinda... retro? But it's also a defensive reaction. Facebook is terrible and Instagram has been thoroughly enshittified as part of their gross pivot to video. We are not flipper babies , I just want to see my friend's posts in the order they were posted. So I'd rather just post my work on my website without jumping through hoops for attention.

Maybe I can add something to the web without making it worse? Like, no pop-up windows demanding your email address. No links to Amazon with embedded referral codes. No "login with Facebook" popups, no auto-playing video, no stock photos, no A.I. and most importantly no nagging about ad blockers because... no ads!

I'm self-hosting blogging software from Ghost which worked out nicely for my 2023 Japan blog harrison.tokyo, available in archived form.

I was inspired to make a blog by people like Ming Thein and Craig Mod and their low-key, calm style of writing and sharing their work.

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July 2024