24 hour photo
Increasingly, people are using the internet as a forum for photo blogging, a daily visual diary of life in our cities. The List asked an intrepid quartet of amateur photographers to document a week in their lives.
YouTube, MySpace, Wikipedia, Flickr . . . you can’t take a stroll around the interweb without bumping into one of the giant, sprawling sites for user-created content. It’s the true essence of the net; you can put music, pictures, videos, writing or anything out there for all to see. And it’s all from your point of view, limited by nothing except your imagination.
That’s quite a challenge, so where to start? A recently-launched site, blipfoto.com, combines the twin popular activities of diaries (blogs) and pictures into a single, simple concept. The aim is to post one photo per day, creating a photographic journal of your life. It’s a simple idea, but it’s one that requires a surprising amount of commitment on the part of the blogger. To test out the idea, The List has teamed up with the site to give this photo-blogging thing a go. Blipfoto gave us some cameras and we sent out four wide-eyed snappers (with varying experience behind the lens). On these pages we publish what they came back with.
Julie Broadfoot, Glasgow
PHOTO BLOGGING EXPERIENCE: enthusiastic amateur
River Kelvin. These buildings around the River Kelvin don’t look like Glasgow - the scene looks more romantic than dangerous in the dark.
Outdoor Comforts. This old sofa and telly were abandoned under the stairs at Kelvinbridge Underground over a week ago.
Neclaces on Sale. I hate spelling mistakes. I found this one in Argyle Street, sharing a window with a sign advertising cheap ‘earings’.
Great Western Road. I liked the contrast of the trees and the threatening sky. If I’d had longer I’d have experimented with the composition.
Important News. It seems newspapers don’t sell themselves these days. In retaliation, the Evening Times is giving away free Walkers crisps.
NAME: Suzanne Black, Edinburgh
PHOTO BLOGGING EXPERIENCE: holiday snaps only
Clock. First photo! It’s just the hook in the wall designed to hold the door open, but I think it would make a great clock.
T Shirt Recycling Point. I saw this on the way to work this morning. As graffiti goes, I think it’s kinda cute.
ACME Shop Sign. A fairly inspired sign outside an insurance company.
3x3. Three different eras of signage right next to each other.
The Edinburgh Rat Race. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
NAME: Sharon Stephen, Glasgow
PHOTO BLOGGING EXPERIENCE: first time blogger
Karaoke in Capitol.
Building being demolished.
NuRave. A live music night at the Classic Grand.
The view. My window onto Glasgow from the CCA.
NAME: Mark Edmundson, Edinburgh
PHOTO BLOGGING EXPERIENCE: inexpert drunken portraits
Rank Full. Intended for taxi drivers, here’s a sight that would mean a lot to pedestrians at 3am on a Saturday. I also rather like the word ‘rank’.
Buy Luck. Not so lucky now, Thai cats, priced and incarcerated in a photography shop window.
Butts. Life imitates art in death-stick formation.
900 KG ‘. . . of Pure Scottish Hobo’ Stealth club promotion straddles fly-postering and graffiti?
Wet. For once a timely taxi light.