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With New Eyes

Posted on December 11, 2010 at 8:45pm 4 Comments

It's been a while since I have blogged in SNS and it's because I have been trying to push the envelope as to how I can expand my experience in SNS to a more creative direction. My experience in photographing the historic spots featured from HMS Challenger's collection has brought about a lot of realizations that I have always found to be musing about but never really pursued them.

I have always been haunted by old photographs. Old letters. Old journals. I have always been…


Looking Deeper into Photo 439

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 11:07pm 1 Comment

So I happened to Google the keywords "Intramuros 19th century". I don't know why I didn't think about that in the beginning while trying to confirm the photo 439 of HMS Challenger. Anyway, here's what I found.

This photo shows building on the left of the cathedral a little more clearly than the previous clues we…


SNS Challenger Manila Photo Trip: Binondo Chronicles

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 8:23am 8 Comments

I don't know why I got up at 5:45 this morning. It's a holiday. But something is screaming to be written so I just have to follow the creative flow and see where it leads me.…


The Mystery of Photo 439 and Photo 441

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 8:00am 12 Comments

I learned something new today.

Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from…

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At 1:25am on November 7, 2011, GaryMcLeod said…

Hi Kathy, here is the project summary. Let me know if it is okay!


"Volunteers are wanted to help identify and rephotograph old pictures of the Philippines. Taken in 1874/1875 during the voyage of HMS Challenger, these pictures show a Philippines that may or may not exist anymore. By joining our Social Network Site (SNS Challenger), you can discuss and upload your pictures of the locations as they are today (if they are still there, that is!). It is free and voluntary – all we ask is that you describe how you felt when you revisited the location and what your approach was. The photographs of the Philippines are just part of over 500 pictures taken around the world between 1872 and 1876, so you can also learn how other members in other parts of the world are doing the same thing. For more information, email Gary McLeod at gary@snschallenger.org or click on the website to become a member."

At 11:30am on November 4, 2011, GaryMcLeod said…
Will do! :-)
At 1:27am on November 4, 2011, GaryMcLeod said…
When would you like that summary of the project?
At 11:36pm on November 3, 2011, GaryMcLeod said…

The literature review is of academic articles written on the topic of rephotography, as well as articles on crowdsourcing, and a theoretical perspective called Actor-Network Theory. Writing it is abit like describing the ocean in which we are sailing in, if that makes sense! The diaries are facilitating research of locations.


If you do go back to the canal, it would be interesting to know how you feel about it, if anything has changed again etc.



At 11:34am on November 3, 2011, GaryMcLeod said…
So far, I have been reviewing rephotography projects since the 1970s. Learning of the origins of what is called "repeat photography" in scientific circles. Also been searching for and writing about similar projects, in which to position this project as different - this is necessary for the PhD. I can share all the examples of other projects, and they are fascinating to look at. Rephotography really has become a genre of its own, and MIT are even trying to develop software which allows a camera to recognize the basic angles of an old photo and advise you on whether to move the camera left or right a bit in order to replicate the photo accurately! Crazy stuff! In terms of my writing about the voyage, so far I have written up about the experience in Bermuda. I have simply written a comparison of approaches taken by two of the members. I am trying to so the same for South Africa, but the literature review is a higher priority as I have to present that in February. Generally though, what is interesting is the way in which people have approached the rephotography aspect of the project, and there are differences in accuracy, technology and methods. What do I hope to achieve by describing the approaches? I have no answer for that yet, but I do think that there is a difference between revisiting a location once and revisiting it twice. Mark Klett is a good example of that. Have you been back to the canal since you rephotographed it last year?
At 12:25am on November 3, 2011, GaryMcLeod said…

Exhibitions haven't taken place. More momentum was needed and the writing side of the PhD completely took the wind out of everything. Writing a literature review requires reading, writing, reading, writing, reading etc. I am now a bit more settled here, so hopefully we can get things moving again. Much momentum of the ship rests upon my activity, but much of my momentum likewise rests upon the activity of the ship :-)

At 11:57pm on November 2, 2011, GaryMcLeod said…
As you can see, things have changed on board a bit :)
At 8:18pm on November 23, 2010, GaryMcLeod said…
On the main page, there is a RSS feed icon at the bottom of the "activity feed"

If you click on it, it will give the URL for the feed which you can enter into any RSS reader :)
At 7:15pm on November 23, 2010, GaryMcLeod said…
Hi Kathy,

You may have noticed that there is a lot of activity on the site at the moment, so the site might be a little slow. It is a good idea to take an RSS feed of the activity so that no one's posts/comments are missed when they relate to the Philippines :)

At 9:08pm on November 22, 2010, Josemaria Alvaro Alejo Cabañes said…
Hey Kathy, thanks for telling me about this adventure. Its pretty exciting when you think about the concept. I think that's what pulled me in to join the crew. See you Saturday! :)

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