home page is for, in decending order, myself, any eternal viewers
out there, and people who want to see my photographs and read
some of the small vignettes and anecdotes I write now and then.
tried to "web" a little book of photographs, adding
a small bit of space and silence. The major problems I have encountered
in doing this have been photograph size, layout space, and quiet.
additional problem is that of download times for detailed high
quality photographs. I have more or less ignored this, warning
the viewer on the way in and giving my prayers to the hope that
in a few years everybody will have instant web connection. Perhaps
it is possible to create a website that people don't mind waiting
for. Perhaps we have to promise our viewers something other than
instant infantile gratification.
can only be placed on the screen in a few sizes. They become too
big and are transformed to backgrounds or just plain noise. They
become too small and are buttons or some other decorative element.
Setting photographs on a screen for viewing is also a question
of making the best of the combination of photograph size and the
expected viewing distance.
book pages start out without text or navigation aids, so the viewer
can concentrate on the photographs. If the browser has been so
kind as to load the behaviors, the viewer can call forth first
a text related to the photograph, then navigation buttons for
further viewing. I wanted to eliminate, at least when viewing
a single page, the sound that computers make downloading new pages.
to keep the graphic design simple. There are only two colors and
no animation except for the book behaviors.
are versions of the book for big and giant screens. This was because
I had a hard time designing pages that were both flexible and
interactive, and at the same time were capable of keeping the
viewing area uncluttered. At the stroke of midnight I have found
a (as yet untested) design possibility that can do all this and
optimize for variations in browser and screen. This won't be tried
out until we get to
the next chapter of the Arabian nights.
rest of the website is a discourse through whatever seems important
to me these days. Hopeless research goes on forever and gives
birth to new images. I really have nothing to sell.