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Diptych: Angular

Posted on 16 July 2010 at 7:50 pm in Photography.

Diptych: Angular

Diptych(s): Glee and Familiar

Posted on 4 July 2010 at 10:04 am in Photography.

Since series originators Miss Grace and Kellee are taking a short break from the Diptych Project, Nicole and I are catching up on diptych themes we missed during our sabbatical. First, glee:

Diptych: Glee

Next up, familiar:

Diptych: Familiar

While I wasn’t aiming to publish this photo in conjunction with the Tour de France, it’s a happy coincidence. For me, being in the saddle of a bicycle is a very comfortable and familiar place. My father is a lifelong cyclist and raised me to ride.

Nicole, a Mojave desert native, wrote about her image that, “the reason I was looking for a Joshua Tree today at the [Berkeley] botanical gardens was that I wanted to take a photo of one for a familiar themed diptych.  This was the closest thing I could find.  I think there are actually a few plants that look like this around in my neck of the Mojave, though.  So it is familiar in that way where something is really close to the thing you’re thinking of, but not the actual thing.”

Diptych: Dust

Posted on 16 June 2010 at 10:22 pm in Photography.

It’s there, through the fire. But it was hard to compete with Nicole’s this week, which looks like so many different things at once but is in fact her duster.

Diptych: Dust

Diptych: Summer

Posted on 9 June 2010 at 8:16 pm in Photography.

I’ve taken a sabbatical from the diptych series for a little while, for a variety of reasons, but I’m going to try and get back in the swing of things. First off, my partner Nicole submitted photos worth checking out for some of the weeks I skipped (glee and urgent). And here is this week’s offering, “summer”:

Diptych: SummerMiss Grace and Kellee’s summer idylls are posted here. Next week we will turn to “dust”.

Diptych: Abundant

Posted on 4 May 2010 at 10:49 am in Photography.

Sometimes, what’s interesting about diptych is how far apart our interpretations of a given word might be; this time, what’s interesting is just how close they are. Nicole and I are both thinking citrus, it seems. Coming soon are “urgent” and then “glee” next. Go here to see Miss Grace and Kellee’s versions of “Abundant” and “Urgent”.

Diptych: Abundant

Diptych: Spring

Posted on 18 April 2010 at 4:34 pm in Photography.

I guess both Nicole and I thought of flowers for springtime. I believe this is the most resemblance our diptych photos have had to each other, and even here I went for a field and she went in close. Miss Grace and Kellee’s version can be seen here. Next week will be “abundant”.

Diptych: Spring

Diptych: Temporary

Posted on 7 April 2010 at 8:49 pm in Musings, Photography.

This week’s diptych theme is “temporary”. I have no hand in selecting the themes; that’s up to Grace and Kellee. But this week that term is especially relevant to me, as I am in the final days of my temporary position at the California Academy of Sciences. While I only became a paid employee in December, I first came to the Academy back in June of 2009 as an intern and have been heading in to the gleaming green building in Golden Gate Park continuously ever since. So next Friday, my last day at the Academy, marks the end to a significant period of my professional life.

It’s a bittersweet departure because of the fun I’ve had, the skills I’ve learned, and the connections I’ve made. First, credit for how enjoyable it’s been should be given to the people I work with: Christina, who for my months as an intern was my roommate in the Corsi Digital Lab, and then, when she went on maternity leave, the reason I had a professional opportunity; Becky, who is funny, lively, takes long runs in the rain and taught me a lot about life sciences librarianship (taxonomy!); and most of all, my supervisor, Danielle, who has patiently taught me how to handle the Academy’s historic materials, how to curate an informative archival display, and all sorts of digital asset management details they never get to in library school. I appreciate the patience they’ve shown in teaching me the rigging of the good schooner Academy.

Working in the Academy’s archives is quite an adventure. These aren’t dry and dusty collections; I learned about Alvin Seale, a headstrong turn-of-the-century scientist and adventurer who scoured the South Pacific for feather cloaks and cannibals; the great matriarch of botany Alice Eastwood and how she rescued specimens in the midst of the 1906 disaster; and scientific explorers like Rollo Beck and Templeton Crocker and their high-seas voyages to the Galapagos and beyond. I spent weeks delving into our materials on the arctic north and became an accidental expert on pelagic sealing, the Pribilof Islands, and the strange things that happen in the Bering Sea.

But all this was temporary, and I’ll be moving on. Fortunately, the skills I’ve learned are not.

My image in this week’s “temporary” diptych is the iconic orange band that’s been around my neck since last summer, the one that I’ll soon be giving up.

Diptych: Temporary

Diptych: Loud

Posted on 31 March 2010 at 11:46 pm in Photography.

Today’s diptych is coming out late night because it’s LOUD. Well, actually, because we had Nicole and Carolyn over for dinner (we talked about CARL and Controlled Vocabularies and Georgian wine. It was exciting). But still, here you go – LOUD.

Diptych: Loud

If you’re wondering, the record in the picture is Spencer Krug’s experimental Moonface EP. Download the digital version (for free! legally!) and let it invade your dreams. Oh, and Miss Grace’s “Loud” is just about the loudest photograph in the history of loud photographs. Listen up over here.

Diptych: Closed

Posted on 24 March 2010 at 7:33 pm in Photography.

Today we’re slamming the door in your face. Our diptych subject is “closed”. Next week, though? We’ll get “loud”. Don’t forget to check out Miss Grace’s version here, and visit my partner-in-photography Nicole’s site too. The explanation of this project, in case you’re new to the party, is archived here.

Diptych: Closed

Diptych: Open

Posted on 17 March 2010 at 9:08 pm in Photography.

We are open for business.

Diptych: Open

More takes on this week’s topic can be found at Miss Grace’s Disgrace, and my partner Nicole posts these at Intense Drama.

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