How can you not love Volunteer Park? Home of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Home of Seattle Conservatory. Home to panoramic views of Seattle from its historic, brick water tower. Host to Greenstage’s productions of Shakespeare (in the park, naturally). For a mere 50 or so acres it packs quite a punch. Today, after soaking in INSCAPE I headed up to Volunteer Park in hopes of getting a few pictures. While I have absolutely no complaints about today’s perfect Autumn afternoon, it was actually too bright for me to take pictures. Nevertheless, I did manage to salvage a few from the dahlia garden. Enjoy.
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Today I spent the early afternoon with my very good friend Tracy at INSCAPE. Seattle’s former 1931 brick building that housed INS (Immigration & Naturalization Services) located at the southern most part of International District has been converted into a space for artists and non-profit organizations. In celebration of the space’s conversion, there is a re-christianing of the building going on this weekend (October 16-17, 2010). While the building is not full (yet), it is nonetheless a space with a great energy and potential to be an influential contributor to the slowly emerging gentrification of the area.
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My new photography site, Ward’s Pics, makes its debut today.
While I have enjoyed sharing with everyone my photographs on Facebook, ultimately the quality of the uploaded pictures leaves much to be desired. While Flickr is a better alternative, still I wanted something that gave me a bit more control for self-expression. And frankly, I am a bit anal about things. Well, after wrestling with 1200+ lines of amateur PHP code for an open-source project to do just that, I finally broke down and bought a subscription to SmugMug earlier today. It was not that said project did not have a lot of things going for it; but, I really want to focus on getting my photographs online, not fight with copy-and-paste code just to re-sculpt a theme to my (anal retentive) likings. And smug I am for doing it. It took only a matter of minutes to update the CSS to get the default template to follow a common-look-and-feel with this site. And David Holme’s excellent Aperature plug-in allowed me to quickly create new galleries to upload my photographs.
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But the real news for many of you will be that you can now get prints! Many of you have often mentioned, even pined, how much you wished you had a printed copy of one of my photographs. And honestly, it is the greatest of flattery I receive when someone tells me not only how much they like a picture I took but that they also want to hang it on a wall and look at it everyday. And now you can! SmugMug supports both traditional prints, merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs, and even download (when I decide to go this route and license my photographs). Eventually I would love to make enough money from my photographs to help subsidize the cost of equipment; but, as with all things it is three snap-shots forward one over-exposure backwards kind of adventure.