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Friday, March 17, 2006

Photogs' Blogs

by Paul Butzi

One of the great things about the WWW is that it makes it easy see lots of different photography. I have a list of web sites I go and visit regularly, hoping for new work. But most photographers put up a web site, and get some work up there, and then let the site go static. This is bad news, because websites which don’t put up new work regularly fail to feed my craving for new photographs.

But that's changing. More and more photographers have blogs, and more and more of those photographers have blogs which are photoblogs—a blog that’s updated often (usually daily, or nearly daily) with new, fresh photographs. Since each photoblog has an archive of images, when you discover a photoblog, it’s like getting a new book—there are often many, many images to browse through. What a treat!

The first photoblog I stumbled across was Ten Years of My Life (http://tenyearsofmylife.com). Done by Matthew Haughley, it’s a great example of a photo blog, although sadly it’s been updated less frequently lately (but still worth browsing back through the archive of images).

Here are the photo blogs that are on my "visit every day" list:

Daily Dose of Imagery (http://wvs.topleftpixel.com)
Chromasia (http://www.chromasia.com/iblog)
Daily Photography (http://www.invisiblethreads.com/potd/index.php)
Eggplant (http://www.eggplantwmayo.com)
Groundglass (http://groundglass.ca)
John Washington (http://www.johnwashington.co.uk)
Blue Hour (http://www.blog.bluehourphoto.com/index.php)

And finally, my all time favorite, A Walk Through Durham Township, at http://www.durhamtownship.com/index.html.

Now, those choices reflect my tastes in photography. If your tastes differ, check out photoblogs.org at http://www.photoblogs.org, where you’ll find listings for more than 16 thousand blogs. Yes, really, when I checked it just now, there were 16,565 listings.

Have you got a favorite photo blog? Got a photoblog of your own? Post it in the comments, and share the wealth.

Posted by PAUL BUTZI


51 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

Photoblogs may not be suitable for some photographers. I personally find it difficult to present my pictures in the blog format. So I end up with a gallery (yes, my brain is badly compartmentalized) which I update on an average frequency of once a week. The main emphasis is thematic, not chronological, and IMHO, makes it easier to look back at past work without having to remember which month you posted it. Does it work? Drop by my gallery and give an opinion.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Shaun said...

I recently started a photoblog, it's a different kind of beast, and a challenge knowing if words work with a photograph, or if I'm better to let the photograph stand by itself. A lot of my work borders on documentary work, but frequently drifts somewhere else, and I find myself giving dry explainations to the photograph when a more poetic approach might work better. Blog here if you want a look.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

When I saw the list of blogs you visited, I thought, "SHRUBBERY!" Blame Mike...

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mine is at: leonardmetcalf.com

I personally love the format of a photoblog enjoy

Len

1:50 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Nordljus is a photoblog by a new photographer who has some great images. I check it out every day - even when there's nothing new, the existing image is worth another look.

1:56 AM  
Blogger JC said...

I would love to have my own photoblog but I do not know how to do it :)

2:33 AM  
Anonymous juananguerrero said...

Here's mine, and i love your blog. Yes, i take insects photos.

3:42 AM  
Blogger hugo solo said...

I have a photoblog in spanish and three pages about photography.
here
here
here

4:44 AM  
Blogger Daniel Liu said...

I have a blog too! http://almost-normal.blogspot.com/

The problem I have is that school has eaten my life, and I can't find time to do regular updates. I love the format though, especially for looking at up-and-coming photographers' work and tracking how their style evolves.

5:05 AM  
Anonymous sergio said...

I love blogs. And I likt too to look at new images everywhere on the web. Mine is here:

www.ciudadsolar.com

8:56 AM  
Blogger scotth said...

Here's a couple of my favourites, that have not been mentioned.

http://www.yourwaitress.com/

http://www.4x6photo.com/

And more of a blog with photos; Cindy has some amazing bird photos,

http://danceswithmoths.com/blog/

and, for what it's worth, my blog,

http://scottsblog.my-expressions.com/

I like photoblogs. There is some stuff out there that is really interesting to me, and I stop and look at photos that are outside my normal interests. The blogs I like most tend to follow a theme, and are almost documentary.

I like blogging too. It encourages me to take more photos. Photography is a hobby for me, and trying to post something on a regular basis gives me some structure. Without a blog I might only pick up a camera once a week other; the danger is becoming obsessed with posting. It gives me a chance to experiment a little too, and try things I might not otherwise try.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Matthew Robertson said...

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11:33 AM  
Blogger Matthew Robertson said...

Someone once said that if you only show your very best work, everyone will simply assume you're brilliant.

That's hard with a blog, with its pressure to keep up frequent updates. As a result, it's frequently a more honest, personal approach to photography. The quality may not always be brilliant, but the photos are usually more instructive.

And, of course, I have one: http://www.robertsonphoto.blogspot.com/

11:34 AM  
Blogger Tony Boughen said...

My photoblog is - I think/hope - a bit different. I post a daily photograph and write an accompanying short piece based on the thoughts that the shot prompts in me. It's at:
http://photoreflect.blogspot.com

2:00 PM  
Anonymous mari said...

I started mine two months ago. For me it's also about sharing my steep learning curve with others. Want to have a website of my own eventually but for now the weblog works fine. Very enjoyable and self inspiring. For jc, who wanted to know how to create one, typepad.com is what I use. They offer 30 days free trial which is nice. (Click on my name to have a look on mine).

2:30 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

I have a daily photoblog, you can find it at dayphoto.blogspot.com. I like the idea of having to update every day. It's pushing the envelope of me and the little camera i use.

One of the ones i visit frequently is PhotoJournalism. He's a professional PJ and he posts not only images but tips and stories of his job.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Albano said...

I love blogs, like this one, but specially photoblogs. I like to view fresh great pics every day. I have my own blog, Flaneur. I started it more than a year ago, and it's almost fully dedicated to my loved Buenos Aires. You can take a look here:
http://www.flaneur.com.ar

3:45 PM  
Blogger eolake said...

Funny you should pick John Washington. I knew him before I knew his work. I was in my favorite cafe one day here in Lancashire, and I needed somebody to watch my bags when I went to the boys' room. Who better than the guy at the next table reading Amateur Photographer? So we chatted for a while, great guy.
And his work is excellent too.

3:57 PM  
Blogger eolake said...

Oh, and if you would like to see a very good photo of a dead rat, I just took one today:
http://eolake.blogspot.com

3:59 PM  
Blogger scotth said...

Del.icio.us always has links to cool stuff too.

http://del.icio.us/tag/photoblog-posts

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

My blog is pretty simple: surfers, surfing, surf. I think of my site as a combination newspaper/meatgrinder. I archive nuthin past about a week. I haven't figured out how to make money. I keep shooting since I am hooked and cooked. -N8 www.obpiersurf.com

4:59 PM  
Blogger DonovanCO said...

I may not be the oldest photo blogger at age 71 (with 58 years of photographic experience), but I enjoy updating my blog weekly (each post has a photograph) describing some aspect of my work.
I'm at digitalrules.blogspot.com

5:30 PM  
Blogger KeithAlanK said...

I found that having a photoblog makes me shoot more and be more critical of my work--since I have to continually 'feed the beast' with new and hopefully better photographs.
Views of Texas:
http://kaktex.blogspot.com

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am starting to get a little photo diary underway here
It's still coming together but hopefully worth a look!

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, make that at www.luckydragonstudio.com

12:49 AM  
Anonymous alkos said...

Here is mine

The idea is simple, although sometimes hard to implement - one photo posted each day :)

Enjoy! :D

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One fantastic resource for finding popular photoblogs is the PhotoBloggies

The best by popular vote, run yearly.

Len

5:39 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Another amateur seeking self-improvement, at: http://megapickles.my-expressions.com/

5:44 PM  
Blogger eolake said...

Is it just me, or is there a huge fad right now with over-darkening of corners of photos?

7:16 PM  
Blogger johnbaileyphotography said...

I recently started a photoblog as well. I'm hoping it will encourage me to post more frequent photos than I did on my website http://www.johnbaileyphotography.com.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Netwalker said...

Mine it's called Mirada REBELde (REBEL View).

I have been posting one picture each day for a year now. And it has been a really wonderful experience, so I hope I can continue for more years.

10:25 PM  
Anonymous jbuhler said...

I'm coming in late to this thread, but anyway: for more than a year, I've been posting one street picture every day in my photoblog, Water Molotov.

Also, a couple of months ago I started a second photoblog, also updated daily, but in color: Slippery Slope

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Matt Goff said...

Back in 1999 before I had ever heard of a weblog, let alone a photoblog, I started up what I called a Photojournal to document for family my first summer away from my parents.

Before long almost everything I kept went into the photojournal, so it's certainly no 'best of'. There's a lot of natural history documentation type photography to that don't necessarily have a lot of artistic merit. Still, there are a few interesting photos in the mix, and I like to think that the work I do taking photos and trying to decide what to keep has made me better.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Thanks for the link, Paul. My photoblog has been overwhelmed (in a good way) by hits from this site. I'll be spending some time reading the great articles here.

BlueHour

7:49 AM  
Anonymous dansroka said...

My blog started out as your typical "here's a new photo of mine" blog. But honestly, I got tired of that. I found it encouraged me to be less critical of my work, to show photos that were not ready for prime time. I think for certain styles of photography (street photography, photojournalism, etc.) a daily photo is a great idea. But for me, it didn't mesh with how I create.

So I changed my format to a more traditional blog, where I write about my art, about the business of being an artist, and so on. I have found it to be an enjoyable outlet, a change of pace for creating new photos that reinvigorates my art:
Daniel Sroka Photography

8:48 AM  
Anonymous ren said...

Here's one of my favourites, but your list is close to mine. Of course, here's mine.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous ren said...

Here's one of my favourites, but your list is close to mine. Of course, here's mine.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Joshua Weiner said...

One that dosen't have a RSS feed but I find striking enough to go through the trouble of typing in the URL is Art Coup: http://www.artcoup.com.

The photography appears to be done entirely using high speed B&W film developed to bring out the maximum effect of the grain. The subjects are mixed but he does a considerable amount of work with poverty, gangs, drugs, and the urban underclass both here in Brooklyn and around the world.

Since the trend seems to be toward gratutious self-promotion, I'll link myself as well:
http://www.grumpymonk.com

10:32 AM  
Blogger Jim Scolman said...

Hi Paul, I'm glad to see you are posting again. I would be honored to offer my photoblog.

www.photoday.blogspot.com

Thanks, Jim Scolman

10:54 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

here is mine: http://cameraartist.com/

I love the format of gallery type photoblogs. I really love this one as well!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Martin Taylor said...

I've been involved with photoblogging for two and a half years now. My own modest effort is at theOtherMartinTaylor.com but 10 more worthy photoblogs
(IMO) that haven't been mentioned yet are:

Exp
Lackadaisical
toshikomi - erik leung
istoicaEVERYDAY
worksongs
ballpeenbindery-picoftheday
No Traces
Orbit 1
The Snowsuit Effort
photo-montage

I think that a photoblog is a great motivation to keep shooting as your photoblog needs to be fed. It's not as formal as a gallery and you do end up posting more than just your very best work but that seems to be a good exercise in itself.

Regards - Martin

3:07 PM  
Blogger MPS said...

I have a photoblog I've recently started. I'm nowhere near an expert in photography, but I consider it a hobby and I'm learning as I go. I find photo-blogs are a great place to save settings and add a little info to the photograph itself.

Phtographs & Comments

3:15 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

I've had a photoblog for more than two years now, but I also visit about 25 photoblogs every morning, and here are my favorites:

Eliot
Keith
Raul
Travis
Rion
Kathleen
Bob
John
Ron

8:53 AM  
Blogger Dean Tomasula said...

I've got a photo blog at www.photorants.blogspot.com

It's not really a photo blog in the sense that I don't post photos, it's more a blog about photography (kinda like the one we're on now).

5:33 PM  
Anonymous prasoon said...

i shouldn't be away i thought - http://shutterediris.blogspot.com/

5:11 AM  
Blogger Pekka said...

Hehe, great spot to pimp my blog, check it out from my profile.

Mike, I've been here once a week for the top10 list, although I tend to check out the rest of the posts too... So the list must be a good idea, then ;)

Good work, and the best to you and to the rest of the posse!

Cheers!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous stephen said...

Well, here's another one - mine, of course: http://shaggydogpix.blogspot.com/

1:39 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

....and I'm going to add mine too....shocking I know...!

http://photorhythm.blogspot.com

10:35 AM  
Blogger David said...

Hey, just discovered TOP. Really nice site.

I will join the cacophony and add mine to the mix. It is not a photo-blog per se. It is a blog to teach young photojournalists how to better use their small strobes.

Congrats on the good work. Please keep 'em coming.

David Hobby
Strobist
http://www.strobist.blogspot.com

6:29 PM  
Blogger Michael Simon said...

Im very late on finding this post, but I have recently deep vacuumed your entire blog and have been reading it in my spare time. I love it.

I am a photographer based in NYC. Since August of 2005 my travel writer girlfriend and I have been traveling by bus and boat to the bottom of South America. We have spent over 250 hours on various busses, and we are currently in Peru. We both keep blogs that we update often. My blog is all over the place. I hope if you have a look, that you enjoy them.

Peace,

Michael Simon

http://msimonphoto.com/southamerica/
http://www.meganlyles.com/

10:05 PM  
Blogger geckonia said...

I started a photoblog when I got my 5D, but I'm also posting infrareds taken with a converted D30. Enjoy!

geckonia's photoblog

Anne Cutler

10:01 PM  

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