‘Cause it’s a good day for payin’ your bills And it’s a good day for curin’ your ills, So take a deep breath and throw away your pills ‘Cause it’s a good day from mornin’ till night
📷 Olli Thompson introduces us to the work of photographer Lu Nan, through a review of his book, Trilogy. ReadPhotobook — Lu Nan, Trilogy
📷 Kosmo Foto Mono film is now out in 120. I have three rolls waiting for a good day to start shooting. Shaun Nelson beat me to it and gives a good preview of this film’s capabilities. ReadKosmo Foto Mono 120
💻 Even though he’s a Trump supporter, Jeff Minch doesn’t agree that journalism is the enemy of the people. Indeed, he supports journalism, especially when it brings down someone who does bad things. ReadWhen Journalists Do Their Job
💻 Arte Johnson died this week. If you grew up in the ’70s as I did, you remember him, as he was always on TV. Mark Evanier watched him in rehearsals for the show Laugh-Inand remembers him as a sharp, versatile performer. ReadArte Johnson, R.I.P.
📷 Mike Connealy makes some truly lovely photographs of a famous church in Taos, New Mexico. He rose early to get the best light play. ReadThe Church of Ansel
📷 Peggy Anne got some great shots from an old Konica S II on Acros. ReadKonica S II
📷 This is a long Recommended Reading, but there were a lot of great posts this week. Jeb Inge, writing for Casual Photophile, goes home again — to where he grew up in Pennsylvania, using the camera and film of his youth: a Nikon N65 and Kodak Gold 200. Read Searching for Heimat with Kodak Film and a Nikon N60
tl;dr: I like to think that I’m doing this for my pleasure, and for the pleasure of people like you. But during this blog’s life I’ve watched other film-photography blogs launch, greatly surpass mine in pageviews, and become darlings of the film-photography community. It bugs me. A lot. I’m more competitive than I like to admit.
When I was a kid my dad took up golf. He liked it, he said, because no matter who he shot with he always felt like he was competing primarily with himself. Could he better his last game today?
I want to be happy for the other film-photo bloggers in their achievements, but keep improving my own game because I enjoy it.
It’s also important that I understand what game I’m playing and measure the right things about it. Pageviews are not the right measure. They’re a little depressing this year anyway, as at the current rate I’ll end up with about 25,000 fewer pageviews than last year.
Search just isn’t driving as many views my way as in 2015-2018. Posts of mine that used to be a top-five search result aren’t anymore, because competing posts on more popular blogs have knocked them down. This post about the Kodak Pony 135 camera, for example, used to be ranked third at Google. Now it’s not even on the first page of results. It has been pushed aside by an avalanche of Kodak Pony 135 reviews that didn’t used to exist.
Here’s a measure that shows what’s really happening at Down the Road: comments. If you keep commenting at the rate you have been this year, this blog will gather about 1,100 more comments than last year.
About half of those comments are mine, as it’s my pleasure to respond to nearly every comment. I’m realizing it’s why I blog: to find and cultivate the community of people who share these interests.
When I was a kid with boxes full of old cameras, I had nobody to talk to about it. I would have been thrilled for just one friend who shared this interest even a little. As I rode my bike to yard sales all over town hunting for camera treasure, I would have loved to have had a companion.
I’d like to send a message to that young man: hang on, through the magic of networked computers you will find your people.
We’ve had one of the rainiest springs I can remember. Summer started yesterday; here’s hoping with it comes drier weather. If it’s raining where you are today, or even if it isn’t, sip your coffee or tea and enjoy these blog posts I liked from around the Internet this week.
💻 We Americans have a core belief that people are equal, even though we know we’re really not. Carla Akil does a nice job clarifying in what ways we are actually equal, and how this is the foundation of our national core belief. ReadThe Basis of Political Equality
Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers! Tomorrow, I mean. Except that it’s Father’s Day at my house today because this is the day my sons could come over. Here’s some light reading to tide the rest of you over to tomorrow.
💻 Suzanne Lucas is an expat in Switzerland and sometimes she writes about how life works there. This time she wrote about how pharmacies and doctors’ offices work. It’s interesting stuff. ReadSwiss Saturday: The Pharmacy