A long time ago, when the web was younger, when home pages were what we made, people would send me 300 pixel photos that were woven in to a hand coded, frames based site called Friends of Jezebel’s Mirror (FOJM). It was an adjunct site to my own collection of self-portraiture, something that I had begun while back in art school. It was 1999 and I was thrilled that people from all around the world would share their photos with me.
Derek Powazek gifted me the mirrorproject.com domain at the end of 2000 and Aaron Straup Cope spent the next few months coding up something wonderful. In June 2001, FOJM relaunched as the Mirror Project and grew to 33,928 strong before The Great Disaster in 2006.
Aaron and I would speak of bringing the site back from time to time, usually around a bottle or three of good wine. I was the one who was hesitant. So much had changed and the web now is a very different place than it was then. Blah blah blah. I finally got over myself and Aaron has been painstakingly rebuilding the site from backups. Geo-dork that he is, he’s included something new — “places“.
The Mirror Project is a time capsule. We’re currently not accepting submissions, but that may be only a matter of time and wine.
Impossible Project PX 680 Color Shade, Polaroid 680
I <3 my coworkers. They were quite happy to head out to Hayes and adorn themselves with masks. Thanks to Nolan, Jed, Isla and Donald for their patience.
A big thanks to Finch, who responded to a tweet* and was comfortable getting in a car with people she’d just met to drive her to a derelict part of town to photograph her in a rabbit mask. :)
I took two pinhole cameras to Bondi this year for solargraphy. One of my 35mm film canisters for a modest four day exposure and t’other, the Quaker Oats Cam, for a year long adventure. I attached the canister on one of the hand rail supports leading down to our dock with an orientation towards Lake of Bays and the setting sun.
I spoke with Nancy at the Tuesday BBQ about the possibility of installing the Quaker Oats Cam somewhere at Bondi for a year. Within minutes, I was with Brian touring the property in a golf cart scoping out locations. We decided that a utility pole out beyond the horse barn would make an excellent location and on Friday, Mike and Dave brought out a ladder for the installation. While zip ties work well in the San Francisco climate, they recommended and provided a more sturdy wire.
This is me keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that that the Quaker Oats Cam will survive all manner of weather that Ontario will throw at it.
A big thanks to the Tapley family at Bondi Village for their help.