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webslinky: photo blogs
webslinky: photo blogs
This week, Jody’s ready for his close-up.

As true as it is that 99 per cent of all written blogs are filled with daily accounts of someone's mundane existence, the same can be said of picture blogs. With digital cameras so cheap, thousands of people now update blogs that feature photos of their dog, silhouettes of lampposts or at worst themselves, shot slightly from above, pouting at the lens in their filthy bedroom. But among a sea of dull snapshots, there are some that provide excellent eye candy.

Top Left Pixel is the daily photo journal of Sam Javanrouh - an Iranian man living in Canada. The images are all shot in or around Toronto, but change radically in subject matter from day to day. Photo geeks can hover their mouse over pictures to read the technical details in the alt tag.

Quarlo is one of the few photoblogs to feature images shot on film. Todd Goss, the man behind the site, takes to the streets to capture his home of New York. Some pages are accompanied by soundtracks, but never captions.

Also based in New York, Eliot Shepard's Slower chronicles the lives of the people who live in the city. Viewers can leave comments against each image – remarks that tend to range from technical appraisal to captions and the occasional whoop at photos featuring pretty ladies.

Ten Years Of My Life is a more intimate project, documenting Matthew Haughey's day-to-day events, mainly for his own benefit. “From the time I turn 31 until I turn 41,” he writes, “I expect I'll be witnessing a great deal of major changes and would love to have a way to remember them.” The captions add a nice personal touch to the site.

If you feel inspired to start your own visual blog, you could register for a Fotolog account. But please don't use it to showcase pictures of your cat.


Jody Smith 24 September 04
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