Tuesday, May 17, 2011

fotopic disaster

Plans and work have been set back a bit by the simple, secretive folding of my favorite free photo-hosting service, which was called fotopic. The problems it caused me were really more spiritual than practical; since I virtually never throw anything out, almost all of my photos, both doctored and undoctored, are on my hard-drive at work or on one of these blogs somewhere. But I was using fotopic to make galleries of my favorite subjects, and now these are vanished; it was my prized collection of things that were important to me, all in gallery-type presentation.

What happened to it? Nobody really knows. It was an important photo-holding service, used by big collectors, UK-based, but it was taken over by somebody who didn't care, and let it sit there for a while, and then apparently didn't even notice when unpaid bills probably forced all serving space to become unavailable...what's up with that? they didn't even tell us or let us remove the photos. a lot of unhappy photographers out there. As for me, it's just one more round of reorganization, more attempts to back up anything special; and, once again, the hope that I can get on with a more productive future. My disorganization has led to such hope-vacuums, where I should be in this kind of situation.

I do have plans for my graphic arts ambitions; my study of famous characters, such as AW, who rode graphic arts out of oblivion, is merely stalled, not wasted. Received a Hawkeye shirt the other day that inspired me to the bone: time to do some photoshopping, and see what I can come up with in that regard. In short, I have plans to make my graphics something that people see, as we wear it, and fade into the world of washing machines, rather than into the virtual space of web archive. More about that later...

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