Picture gallery: This way, please

Nothing has changed here, the picture gallery is still the same, and still hosts landscape photos and travel images on an external site. The link will open in a new browser tab or window, depending on your settings. I just felt I should drop some words of explanation, so here it goes.

Picture this

This "legacy" site is an old project of mine, launched at the time when short domain names were still available. The site's domain stemmed from my usual signature in correspondence with friends and family sort of partners. It was the shortest I could come up with: one had only to type seven characters in one of the two browsers available at the time.

I had started using a relatively "serious" SLR camera, a Minolta 700si, during my travels some years earlier, and been becoming more and more frustrated by sticking paper prints into albums, never to be seen again.

I decided to move online, found a hosting service provider and registered a domain name.

I bought a scanner, digitised several vacations' worth of negatives and went public.

The world didn't notice.

Nothing happened.

Five years later

The site grew slowly with each and every trip. I started to send word to fellow travellers notifying them of irregular updates. I gathered, there were people who liked my images, or at least were kind enough not to tell otherwise.

In 2007, way too late for film photography in general, I purchased a "new" camera, a used Hasselblad XPan. It opened the world around me in a completely new format, pretty literally. The world widened.

The picture gallery changed, too. The old content has left the landing page and since been awaiting the complete removal. The page template was updated to become more visual. Verbose descriptions accompanying the images went away. The visitors came – and stayed. The site has already attracted well over 100,000 of them.

It is still rooted in the old, analogue world.

Gallery updates

True North
Perched at the top of Europe and populated by fewer people than visiting polar bears, Svalbard is an almost surreal place. Discovered by the Dutch in 1596, the archipelago is now administered by Norway, but mainly remains what it was during its whole history – terra nullius, no man's land.Gravneset, SvalbardSilver lining • Magdalenefjorden, Svalbard
On Location
This is an account of a trip to the filming locations of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland. Both topics – the series and the province – are also in the focus of the current newsletter.Dark HedgesDark Hedges • Armoy, Northern Ireland
In Transit
A short cruise on an old ship, accompanying the latter to the start of the summer season from Bergen in Norway to Hamburg in Germany.MS Nordstjernen in FarsundSmall town • Farsund, Norway

Next journeys

2018: In planning
Some things are already for sure 🙂 January will find me in the Northern Dolomites in Italy, about 120 miles to the east from my whereabouts during the previous trip to the Alps.

A journey in August should bring me to the last places in Greenland still unseen—the extreme northwest with mythical Old Thule, Qaanaaq, and Siorapaluk. Much will depend on ice conditions, though.

There is also an almost finalised plan for a visit to the fjords of Chilean Patagonia in April 2019, that is, if I am still around at the time 🤔

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