I started this blog in April 2009, and since then have posted nearly 800 entries — and what a weird and wonderful 24 months it had been! And I have some regrets, apologies, and non-apologies for what had happened over the last two years.
(1) In October I promised that I will Vanity Fair’s Shooting Past 80 portfolio immediately. “Immediately” finally turns out to mean four months. Only today, I have posted it. I can partially blame WordPress’s slow uploading speed, but the fault, as it often does, lies with me and my laziness only. I have also posted a bookshelf — my picking of interesting photography coffee table books for that special day in your significant other’s life.
(2) I also need to atone for the significant drop in the number of posts. They have come down from 100+ in May ’09, to 33 a year later, to mere eight in January ’11. What does that mean? Mathematically, it means the posts will cease to exist in six months’ time. Actually, it is again my laziness that is to blame; but posts have gone longer and more informative (I think) so I guess it is a good trade-off.
(3) A bigger apology is due for my abysmal communication rate. The Question Inbox I setup was soon quickly discarded and the link remains broken. Here is an alternate way to contact me now: firstname.lastname@example.org, although I am pretty sure my reply rate will still be bad.
(4) During the last month, the most commented post have been that of Emmett Till’s murder, a gruesome and inhumane racial crime committed in the American South during the waning days of segregation. I deeply regret that some comments are spiteful and heinous, and their rhetoric do not belong in polite and proper discourse. Internet, at last, remains a forum where anonymity breeds incivility.
(5) In this 24 months, I absolutely refuse to use the term “photog” in the blog. I hate the term as much as I hate pronunciation of nuclear as “nucular”. My English is not perfect, and I am in no position to be pedantic about the language of Shakespeare, but “photog” clearly is substandard usage.
(6) I have scheduled some posts for a holiday that I will be taking starting next week. I will not be back until second week of April, and will mostly be skiing and hiking in the Alps. I will be in Zurich/St. Moritz, Como and Trieste. Send me an email if you are in the area.
(7) Another atonement is for my abject failure to make the older posts more popular or to circulate the older posts. This creates an aura of stagnancy around the blog frontpage, and I hate this, but there is no alternative short of republishing the older posts, which screws up timestamps and makes everything more confusing.
(8) My obituary of Gaddafi two weeks ago, now seems ridiculous. Since it wasn’t very serious when I wrote it, and since many reputable papers seem to do this, I don’t have much to apologize for here. (A funny story here: I had been to the obituary desk of a notable publication, and in it, along with those of older people like Thatcher, Mandela and Mugabe, are obituary forms for Dmitri Medvedev and Kevin Rudd!)
(9) Lastly, a personal regret. In this 24 months, I blogged about so many photographers and so many photos, but that didn’t lead me towards being a better photographer. So my advice to all those aspiring photographers out there: reading books about swimming will not help you become a swimmer.