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Flattered: Ten Questions with Margaret Waage

Recently I visited the Tumblr site and was surprised to see graphic content. I expect to see artsy content there, that’s what Tumblr is known for, but user be advised, especially if viewing at work! What’s great about sites like Tumblr is its variety from beautiful artwork to subversive works, and resourceful written works in between.

The Hungry Ghost Collective is aTumblr site that flattered me with feature ‘Ten Questions with Margaret Waage’ which is an interview format of and for photographers. It’s hard to be authoritative on something as ever-changing as photography, but what I discovered was it’s easy to talk about your own motivation to create. I take pictures to pay attention to life and the people in yours. It’s as simple as that…photography facilitates connection to the moment and what’s happening there. But the title of the blog Hungry Ghost Collective got me thinking about the hereafter.

What will come of all our collected memories after we are gone? Companies that cater to the rights of digital works have begun to enter the estate planning conversation. Digital assets are different from collections of negatives or prints. Once something publishes on the Internet it’s hard to control where it will appear through shares. Copyright will always be an issue, but until hyper vigilant measures for tracking and holding parties responsible are in full effect, content can appear in places the author did not intend.

One such company that provides a good roster of online services for digital estate planning is The Digital Beyond. For artists, photographers, writers, musicians or anyone who cares what happens to their stuff after their gone it’s worth looking taking a look.

Till then I’ll keep clicking!

Social Media | Digital Divide

For as much as I’ve learned about connectivity using social media, I’ve learned just as much about disconnection and apathy. I am admittedly a news junkie and if I could,  I’d be hooked up to NPR all day. It’s information that educates, that informs that tells me what is happening in the world. Today isContinue Reading

Choosing A Topic Offers Challenge

I write for local newspapers. Up until now I’ve told about other people’s stories and it’s always been a subject assigned, not something I’d choose as a topic. Stories on Planning & Zoning developments or Board of Education budget meetings aren’t always exciting, but their outcomes usually are, especially for those who attend the meetings,Continue Reading

Nickname For Inspiration

I’m not an expert on anything. In fact, the reason I’m in grad school now was to finish something I started a long time ago. One year into competing a Master of Science in Social Research at Hunter College – City University of New York, I said yes to a full time job working forContinue Reading

Customer Service: WOW

I walked into Dunkin’ Donuts today for coffee and got something better. “Welcome to Dunkin’ Donuts!” said the woman behind the counter with an ear-to-ear grin. I could feel her enthusiasm and I hadn’t even had my first sip of caffeine. I splurged on a ‘Box O’ Joe’ and as soon as I placed the order, IContinue Reading

Public vs. Private Persona

My head is spinning from the many user id’s and passwords needed to navigate through any given day. Life was simpler when an email account was still an exciting aspect of one’s identity. It felt important to hear the ‘You’ve got mail’ announcement, and by now maybe you know I’m not twenty years old. AgeContinue Reading

Bombing Case Made for iPhone Photo

Arguments favoring professional photography over pedestrian image making, i.e. mobile devices, can for the moment be put aside. The iPhone 4S photo David Green, 49, of Jacksonville, Florida, took of Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon bombings provided the F.B.I. with leads on finding the bombing suspect. The image itself shows a wide-angle view ofContinue Reading

Audience Decides Winning Films During Movie Day

Wanting some inspiration I took to a dark theater where the only illumination came from a collection of films that played all day Saturday. Movies offer so much.  They can be an escape from the daily grind, or better yet, offer a much-needed reminder of the what ties everything together – the human experience. OfContinue Reading

Notes From The Pavement

I’m running again, albeit slowly. Today’s route of 3.16 miles took me longer than I’ve done it previously, in my ‘better shape’ days. That’s to be expected. When you slack off for two years and find your way back to the pavement, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. Honestly I didn’t really even takeContinue Reading

6 Word Memoir Trumps Twitter Limits

An abbreviated elevator pitch of sorts, the 6-word memoir. I am participating in a blog hop with this prompt. The origin of the idea says novelist Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a story in six words. The results: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” The more concise the writing, the more meaningful each word.Continue Reading