24 AUGUST 2011

This is the first in what I fully expect will be a long series of brilliant, insightful, interesting, and wildly humorous bloggings about my digital life. I just opened a commercial website featuring my photographs (which are conveniently available for sale or license as digital downloads or prints) What I hope to cover (which is not necessarily the same thing as what will actually be covered) is some background about the pictures I post in the galleries, the people I work with (when they’ll consent to letting me write about them) and the wacky adventures and wildly complicated misunderstandings that ensue.

I should mention, briefly, that I’m doing this as part of my official mid-life crisis. My partner, Durrell, and my father, both helpfully pointed out that it’s a bit late in the game for a mid-life crisis, but in my defense I’ve come to a lot of major life events either way early or way late. I suppose it all works out in the end, but in any case here I am, having a mid-life crisis now, thank you very much. I blame a fairy who crept out of the underbrush and blew lavender glitter all over me. I honestly think that taking cautious steps into a new professional career is not really the most outlandish thing I could do to try to recapture my lost youth. I could, for instance, capture a lost youth.

My job is fine (I’m the Director of Products & Services for a technical society, which makes me very grand indeed, and focuses my attentions on publishing journals and magazines and books, running conferences and educational programs, navigating the transition from print to digital content delivery, and making sure our building’s roof is maintained). But I feel like I should pursue something for more than just its ability to pay my bills and provide an outlet for my professional skills. As I mention in the About section, I’ve taken pictures for a long time, and love it. Only relatively recently have I started thinking of it in professional or artistic terms, and that’s started working out fairly well. My photos have appeared in a German architecture journal, on the cover of the Portugese edition of a romantic novel, in a Japanese magazine, and in an Eastern European travelling nature exhibit. So this is all very promising, and of great psychotherapeutic help to me in my advancing years.

EButterfield Photography logoI’ll talk a bit about the logo design, just so I’m sure to address something visual here. The blue-and-white circle is, of course, initially reminiscent of a camera lens, so that’s appropriate, and met one of my requirements. Somewhat obscurely, the outline of the two circles creates a suggestive “EB” similar to how I initial documents, so that just tickled me because I’m very easily amused. It’s also seeing one shape in another shape, and I like that too.

The blue bit also features the eye-twisting visual illusion of being simultaneously a striped ball and a striped hole. A hole with a shadow is odd, and I like that. And it all nicely references the abstractions I like to create: largely unprocessed images that due to the perspective, or macro-ness, or angle, or lighting, take on a new life as a thing apart from what they actually are. I like the way desert landscapes, for instance, flatten themselves like an abstract painting when photographed through an airplane window at thirty thousand feet.

The blue and gray colors are not references to the American Civil War; I just happen to like the way they look graphically.

The thing was created (credit where it’s due) through LogoMaker, a service of HP (which is having problems of its own). The site offers a pretty nice tool for creating what I at least think are attractive logos, using the site’s original clip art and text options. I had a lot of choices, and ended up with this hole/ball thing, and I’m generally quite pleased about it.

And that, probably, is just about enough said about the logo for this website.

Future entries will be, one hopes, more interesting.