BurnDiary

 

Candace Owens, Outer Banks artist/photographer, stopped by just now to get me to sign her copy of the June issue of NatGeo with my OBX story in it. I am right now so crazed busy, but how could I say no?

The mother of two of the cutest kids I have ever seen, Candace and her husband Randy are also part of my upcoming American Family series. So you will someday meet the whole family. One of Candy’s paintings (a mermaid) graces my wall. She also shoots weddings and family pictures for local photographer Brooke Mayo.

As you probably know I shoot all the time. Mostly casual snapshots like this. After all, lucky me, photography is very much my hobby. Occasionally I post here, but it always seems awkward. It interrupts the flow of the emerging photographers essays. So I mostly put my stuff on Instagram and share right along with everyone else waiting to see if I have any “likes”. Funny. Essay  in NatGeo, new book out, but looking for “likes” on Instagram. Well honestly I love to see how everyone shoots on a daily basis. What is happening now. I shoot these with my iPhone just to be totally amateurish in nature.

Fact is we all love to do this, so I have a new idea. BurnDiary.

Burn’s own Haik Mesropian has created now for us a new page where we can do this on Burn. Your Instagrams can come here. On a separate Burn “bulletin board” so we can interact for real with new pictures shot with any camera. Only one picture per person per day (yes, you too Panos). Let’s see how it works. Should be fun and it will keep our front page here clean only for essays OR for the the shot that YOU just took that we decide to bring to the front. So sharpen your eye, shoot what is around you in an interesting way, and fire it off to BurnDiary. Details coming soonest on how you will do this.

Thanks for stopping by Candace. Thanks for letting me take a picture of you as well. You are a model mom. My door is open to you and the family any time.

 

457 Responses to “BurnDiary”


  • a civilian-mass audience

    THOMAS and all my German friends…no matter who wins…we are all in this BURNING
    Circle together…I know you know:)!!!

    Spread the love…

    What not to instagram!!! JIMMY, you can try this out…
    You might really like it…you never know …:)

    Back to our regular program!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    And don’t forget your RIO book…

    Thank you EVA…and let me tell you

    YOU don’t want to be stuck inside your home
    without one…

    Go RIO…go Universe…oime, I need my coffee..
    I have to focus…

  • Imants, that is the nicest thing you have ever said to me. Thank you!

  • Imants…

    I’m sure at leat 90% of the photos posted daily on Burn Diary will be boring and fun ony for the photographer. However every so often I guess we will see something incredible, which will make all the yawns, raised eyebrows and private smirks worthwhile. Anyway from what I’ve seen of very nearly forty years of life living is usually boring unless one makes a vey strong effort in making every something special out of it.

  • Paul I will pass I am not into “longline” photography ,,,,,,,,,,

  • Imants, Paul,

    Many pictures will be boring, but some won’t. And why give them to Instagram if you can store and show them in a real friendly environment. And by definition, if one may upload only one picture per day, the photographer has to select quite strongly, which limits the level of boringness, maybe ;-)
    I still like the idea, and at the same time I respect the feedback, which will be given about the pictures.

  • Think about that Paul. Thats like saying ‘ Real life is trivial and boring most of the time, so lets use our technology, not to alleviate that, but to digitise the trivial experience and make sure it follows us into the future.’

    The Degradation of human life

    Debord traces the development of a modern society in which authentic social life has been replaced with its representation: “All that was once directly lived has become mere representation.”[1] Debord argues that the history of social life can be understood as “the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.”[2] This condition, according to Debord, is the “historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonization of social life.”[3]

    Guy Debord wrote ‘The society of the Spectacle’ in 1967

    Situationist theory of the spectacle
    “We live in a spectacular society, that is, our whole life is surrounded by an immense accumulation of spectacles. Things that were once directly lived are now lived by proxy. Once an experience is taken out of the real world it becomes a commodity. As a commodity the spectacular is developed to the detriment of the real. It becomes a substitute for experience.”
    —Images and Everyday Life.

    consuming more and more stories of other peoples lives trying to fill a hole that never fills.
    The existential nightmare.

  • Short and only one thing in common with Instagram…

  • a civilian-mass audience

    I strongly believe that in order to accomplish something..
    There have to be a commitment…IMO
    and a positive energy helps…

    I love you ALL…!!!

  • …authentic social life has been replaced with its representation: “All that was once directly lived has become mere representation.”…the history of social life can be understood as “the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.” …the “historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonization of social life.” …“We live in a spectacular society, that is, our whole life is surrounded by an immense accumulation of spectacles. Things that were once directly lived are now lived by proxy. Once an experience is taken out of the real world it becomes a commodity. As a commodity the spectacular is developed to the detriment of the real. It becomes a substitute for experience.”

    My first thought on reading all that was “He says that like it’s a bad thing.”

    My second thought, upon noting the date, was that it was probably the acid talking.

  • John Gladdy…

    I’m only searching continually for magic in the quotidian. As far as I know the only hole in my life which never fills is usually between 8:00am till 5:00pm whilst working and chores like these are usually the ones which “try” to bore me. At the ripe age of eight I stared straight into the eyes of death and I might add I was totally aware of my situation, I was warned my chances of survival were far less than extremely slim. I was lucky, but in many ways that situation has been as much a handicap as an advantage. I’m excessively aware ever since that life can end in any moment, I go into everything with utter passion, a continual attempt of making everything a fiesta. As we all know life usually can be pretty average and trivial and short of leaving home and abandoning a wife and two little kids and heading off into a new sunset I try my best to make my daily life interesting. Catching those fragments of magic which elevate the quotidian up into the supernatural, where it’s all true and full of soul or “duende” as the spanish call it. It doesn’t have to be instagram we all could start shooting film like you and send each other once a month our 4 best 10×8 images to each other. Just sharing the successful jump across that damn chasm… :))))

  • Paul. Searching always for the magic is a real good place to start from.

    MW. sorry,not biting.

  • Just noticed that Magnum has their new website design up and running.

  • Related to living through the proxy of the spectacle, either passively or actively, and the substitute for real experience … Martin Parr on Too much photography

    I’d post my own photo proof that everyone is a photographer now, in the form of a single, but I submitted it here.

  • “It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
    Jack Kerouac

  • “What am I doing, talking, having my figments talk, it can only be me. Spells of silence too, when I listen, and hear the local sounds, the world sounds, see what an effort I make, to be reasonable. There’s my life, why not, it is one, if you like, if you must, I don’t say no, this evening. There has to be one, it seems, once there is speech, no need of a story, a story is not compulsory, just a life, that’s the mistake I made, one of the mistakes, to have wanted a story for myself, whereas life alone is enough…”
    Samuel Beckett

  • Finding a scrap of magic and using it is a lot better than searching for “the” magic …….

  • ps Panos the Germans steamrolled the Greeks then the Italians are next and finally the Spanish “……economy and football same same ……….

  • Hmmm , you’re pretty close…indeed

  • ALL

    sorry i have not been around…was actually locked out of Burn…could not even get a new password….hackers are increasing their efforts to get in….we are having to take extra measures…..a bit of a nightmare….if this bar closes down, meet me across the street, we will have a beer and start all over again!!!…

    new announcements here soonest..i must be off now to France and the annual Magnum meeting in Arles….even the thought of a spreadsheet makes me dizzy….not my thing…ahhhh the things we do to do what we want to do….never a straight line is it??

    cheers, abrazos, david

  • David…

    I quite like the new Magnum website Jim pointed out last night. Now I can see it on the iPad, which I think is a good thing.

  • John Gladdy…

    And you are making magic with your new blog…

  • Ian Parry Scholarship

    Deadline EXTENDED: July 20th, 2012

    http://www.ianparry.org/main/?page_id=2

  • Looking for America 2012? Did you look under the couch? That’s where the stuff I look for usually winds up.

  • ahhhh the things we do to do what we want to do…
    —————————————————-
    true dat:(

  • John Gladdy…

    It may not seem so to you, but for instance I really enjoy your posts. I find them rather unlike any other blog I’ve ever visited.

  • Paul… I agree… John… sorry to disagree with you…

    MW – I enjoyed taking a walk with you. How do you link directly from comment text this way?

  • a href=”http://www.logbookwasilla.com/”>Visit FrostFrog’s blog

    And just add this < at the very beginning of that code.

  • VIVA ITALIA!!!
    Congratulations! You were the best by far!
    well
    Deserved
    Viva DIEGO!!!

  • Thanks, Paul – next time, I will give it a try!

  • It’s Monday and so far the weather has been as follows: sunny, cloudy, sunny, drizzle, sunny, light rain, which is different from drizzle, although I’m not sure how, sunny, drizzle, sunny, partly cloudy, drizzle, thunderstorm, drizzle, and now it is sunny again. How long it will stay sunny is anybody’s guess, but on a day like today, I would not bet the farm that our current sunniness is anything but a very short-term phenomenon. I dislike weather like this; it smacks of indecisiveness. If it wants to rain, fine, it can rain; if it wants to be sunny, equally fine, let it be sunny. Be consistent, that’s all I’m saying here. If we have to have bad weather then I want to have bad weather and nothing else; all this backing and forthing like a damn seesaw trapping the citizenry in some sort of weird game of meteorological table tennis is bad for the digestion, I think, and does not improve one’s disposition, especially if said weather drives you to mix your metaphors in a fairly outrageous manner like I am doing here.

  • http://instagr.am/p/MTsFI8Brcv/

    there IS hope

    Also Congratulations to the German soccer team, the Portugal and Spain (dont forget the Italian team of course) in that Euro final4 !!!

    cant get on the bike coz its 102F here or 39C degrees here in the deep of Mexico (Alamo)

  • ATTENTION PC USERS:
    a newly discovered virus called Flame
    ALSO:
    Stuxnet computer worm that turned million pc’s into “zombies” with fresh malware

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/opinion/stuxnet-will-come-back-to-haunt-us.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120625

  • I’ve been looking at the OBX article in NatGeo. Very interesting all around, although I’m pretty sure that if the mako sharks had caught a life insurance salesman in a peopling tournament we’d be looking at a very different set of photographs.

  • GREAT DOCUMENTARY,…do not miss it!

  • great documentary above above from “within”…

  • I’m back and cracked those nagging creative doubts pretty quick. It only took me a week totally isolated from Internet and photobooks to find what is really important to me. Having great fun now just being me.
    And glad to be back playing on the Burn playground :)!

  • Here are two links I’ve been dying to post round here. They’re not brilliant but I think the Sally Mann fans may appreciate them….
    http://www.artic.edu/aic/resources/resource/691?search_id=1

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