Thursday, September 29, 2005

Welcome to My Lomo Diaria

So I've been twiddling my thumbs over how to configure this blog. As a diary, conceptually it should be done in a "real time" sort of way. But as a LOMO diary, that's impossible, as lomo is film, requiring rolls to get finished and then processed. Lomos being posted might ultimately be almost a month after the day it is diary-ing.

What a conundrum. Only I should have problems like these. Should I backdate the posts so that the date stamps reflect the actual date of the shot? Or should the date stamp not matter and the actual date be in the body of the post? Which is more confusing? Which is more eye-catching? If I backdate posts, the front page will never seem current. What sort of lag should there be between publishing backdated posts, since when I get a roll processed, right there I will have a backlog of days to weeks worth of posts!

On the other hand, what is a diary but an ongoing story, a confession, an exposé? The story should not be stymied by technical considerations. As a diary-ist, what I'm telling you is most important, and the lomos, albeit the subject matter of any post, are just illustration. Is that even right?

I guess part of the fun will be figuring it out as I go along.

For instance, I got my lomo last week, and since then I shot a roll of Tri-X and got it developed. I got it back today. I'm posting this in real time. I've loaded a color roll into the lomo and I'm shooting about one picture a day, holding to the diary concept. In the meantime, I have 36 shots I can post.

You know what? Fuck the time stamp. I could just erase this entire post, but this is my thought process whatever. My excruciating and tortured thought process. It's a wonder I can get anything done (and I really can't).

That said, let me introduce you to my small town in New Jersey, two miles north of the George Washington Bridge. Population: rich people.

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