peripheral vision

photography by Kate Wilhelm

peripheral vision blog

because making photographs exposes as much about the photographer as the subject

who are you?

Now that a major project at my day job has slowed down a bit, I’ve been getting a bit of mental space and potential blog posts have been squeezing into my consciousness. But I keep second-guessing myself. Here are a few examples:

Alec Soth’s publishing venture, Little Brown Mushroom Books, just published a book by Trent Parke. This is Parke’s first book in 10 years and it’s a numbered edition of 1000 for only $18. I waited until after I’d ordered mine, but by that point I figured anyone who would be interested would already know anyways.

I adapted this recipe for rhubarb custard crisp on the weekend to include strawberries. I served it with whipped cream, and it was wonderful. All I did was cut the rhubarb to 3 cups and added a generous cup of strawberries, and reduced the sugar to about one a half cups. I will definitely make it again, and it just felt like a public service to share the recipe. But this is a photography-centred blog, not a recipe blog.

I also discovered, via Tony Fouhse, this great project of 500 photographers. Pieter Wisse is showcasing 5 photographers per week for 100 weeks, and in most cases he includes video of the photographer speaking or working. In particular, I liked the video he chose of Elinor Carucci (photographer #28) speaking about photographing her children. I think this will be a great resource, and every time I see a photographer whose work I’m already familiar with, I get a little thrill. But then I wondered if perhaps twitter was really a better avenue for this kind of thing. And chances were I was already way late to that party and anyone who would be interested would already know about it.

I also started a post about the new campaign the City of Guelph has going on with cheeky road signs and how I’m not convinced the clever, hip tone really suit the body that handles property taxes and maintains essential infrastructure like our water supply and roads. But that sort of brought in discussions about my day job and that’s all new territory here that I wasn’t sure I wanted to explore.

So… can you help me out of this quandary a bit? I realize you can’t help me stop second-guessing myself, but maybe you could introduce yourself and let me know what your interests are? As much I created this space for myself and my own interests, I know I have a few regular readers and I kind of want to know who you are and why you come here. So what do you say?

4 Responses to “who are you?”

  1. Linda Says:

    Hi: My name is Linda and I come here to see your awesome photography, read of your travels and the accompanying photos and follow your altruistic efforts all of which I share. We first connected via the now defunct Just posts.

    Write on!


  2. Kyla Says:

    Well, you “know” me…but I’ll pretend you don’t. Hi, I’m Kyla! I write a blog called The Journey. I’m a premedical student, and a married mother of 2…my youngest has special medical needs. Photography is a hobby of mine that I wish I had more time to spend on! I love looking at your photos. :)

  3. DaniGirl Says:

    I’ve been away so long I ought to reintroduce myself. Life has been seriously messing with my blog habit in the last six months. Just wanted to say please please please keep sharing random links of stuff you like — I learn SO much from what you post and always end up exploring places I’ve never been before. I’d seen a passing reference to the 500 photog project, but am off to read a little bit more. After I read a whole whack of your archives, that is. :)

  4. Mike Says:

    You keep saying you don’t know if the photos are good or not. Quit it! You demean yourself, your vision, your photography, and photography in general when you say that.

    You can take this with a grain of salt: your photographs are wonderful visual records in the photodocumentary style. But what do I know? I was only the director of photography for an international humanitarian organization and a photography instructor at a local state university. Keep shooting. It’s good for the soul.

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