Category Archives: photos

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Berkeley

Photo by Peg Skorpinski for UC Berkeley.  (Not mine!)


Explanation and Dog Pictures

Shelter Dog

For about 18, hours, anyone trying to see my webpage got instead an album of dog photos. No one complained — maybe no one was looking, maybe they preferred the dogs.

Many of the pictures I took in the Santa Fe Photography Workshops cannot be posted, because we were working with individuals in their homes. But I took a bunch for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society with no people in them. The plan was to include people, but the complexities of model releases and a snowstorm when time was short made it easier to just go with the dogs. (The cats weren’t good subjects –the dogs adored having me pay attention to them.)

So for those who would like a dose of cute dog pictures — ahem, I meant artistic images of a companion species — here is a subset of them.

Photo ops this weekend

Odd couple

Originally uploaded by NVH

Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show. I had a great time last year taking pictures — people and dogs do a lot of sitting around waiting, grooming, etc.

Bookmarking Pictures

The NYTimes writes about sites for social bookmarking of photos. I’m not interested in the social aspect; I’m interested in being able to easily save photo images and locations, and annotate them. Most “normal” bookmarking doesn’t allow me to cruise thumbnails to see what I’ve marked. To save images to, say, use for presentations, I can copy them onto local storage and lose the metadata, including the sources; I can use Photoshop to add the metadata, but that takes  time and effort; or I can save the image and/or URL in text file with my annotations. What these sites do is to allow you to have a page with thumbnails, URLs, and tags for your saved images. They don’t, as far as I can see (without joining them), allow me to annotate these images. They allow one to embed a feed/badge, so others can see, not the images you take, but the images you bookmark. The sites the NYTimes writes about:

  • Fffound: by invitation only.
  • a firefox extension. Click on an image you like and voila.
  • We heart it : bookmarks videos and YouTube. You can bookmark photos and they’ll appear on a page of images you’ve bookmarked. You can annotate via comments (but they’re public). Easy to save images via a bookmarklet.

None of these are quite what I need, because they’re specifically designed to be social, so people can see what others bookmark (and they can see yours).


Great Source of Images: Life Magazine Archives

Kennedy assassination

About 10 million images  from Life magazine’s photo archives are now available on Google image search.  (Add “source:life” to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive.)

The images go back as far as the 1850s.

Life documented the most important events of the era, as well as daily life.  For those of us growing up with Life magazine, it  would come every Tuesday, like clockwork, full of articles with some text and a lot of great photos.  Many of the great photographers worked for it — the Google announcement cites  Alfred Eisenstaedt and Margaret Bourke-White.

What was important for us was that it was always interesting, and always covered the most important events.

And, unlike TV, it’s images could be savored, and kept.

earth from Apollo mission on the way to the moon

earth from Apollo mission on the way to the moon

DIY Digital Storytelling Software

Just ran across this — MemoryMiner:

MemoryMiner is the award-winning Digital Storytelling application for Mac and Windows used to discover the threads connecting peoples’ lives across time and place. It lets you zero in on the stories depicted in your photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. Using simple drag and drop actions, you specify who is in the picture, where the picture was taken and when…For example, using portions or a full address or city/country, the application uses Google Maps to specify the exact location where a photo was taken. It uses the intersection of a photo’s date and the birth date of a person to create icons representing people at different stages of their life and to display the age of a person when the photo was taken. It uses the selection markers you make to display your photos as slideshows using the famous “Ken Burns” pan and zoom effect.  Drag and drop audio, video, documents, or URLs from the Media Browser onto your photos and add text annotations to add depth and context to each photo. In this way, you get the very most out of your photos, particularly those rare photos from a generation or two ago. You can then automatically publish your stories to the web (via .Mac or FTP): MemoryMiner creates a great interactive presentation using highly advanced, dynamic HTML and Flash.

It also integrates with Flickr.

Found it wandering around Bay Area events website — the Judah L. Magnes Museum is helping people use it on-site, and asking people to then contribute their MemoryMiner products to the museum.

Does anyone know anything about this? I’m thinking of teaching a freshman/sophomore seminar on digital storytelling, using this software; but all I know at this point is what I’ve read on their site. Googling it doesn’t turn up much.


From today’s NY Times:

In a ritual repeated nearly every weekend for the past decade here in Colombia’s war-weary Caribbean hinterland, Luis Soriano gathered his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, in front of his home on a recent Saturday afternoon….

“I started out with 70 books, and now I have a collection of more than 4,800,” said Mr. Soriano, 36, a primary school teacher who lives in a small house here with his wife and three children, with books piled to the ceilings. “This began as a necessity; then it became an obligation; and after that a custom,” he explained, squinting at the hills undulating into the horizon. “Now,” he said, “it is an institution.”

A whimsical riff on the bookmobile, Mr. Soriano’s Biblioburro is a small institution: one man and two donkeys. He created it out of the simple belief that the act of taking books to people who do not have them can somehow improve this impoverished region, and perhaps Colombia.