A bit of personal site building history here. Six months ago, Pusanweb was getting less than 10 visitors a day and the internet cafe it was originally designed to promote was in terminal condition. I planned to abandon the site and started to think about finishing my contract and finally getting around to my long delayed learning excursion to Guatemala. Then, I visited my folks in NH and gave them a Casio QV100 to celebrate the renewal of their vows. As I got to know that camera, I knew I would have to have one of my own.
(2013 Note: That QV100 was cutting edge – capable of taking 320×240 pixel photos)
I returned to Pusan on a steamy August day. Those of you familiar with the scene here know that there is always a lot of coming & going that time of year. That particular night we were bidding farewell to one of Pusan’s most colorful residents, Nick. Out came the camera and the era of being known as “the guy with the camera” began.
The response from people (mostly partiers and their parents) was enough to re-energize my sense of potential for this site and to awaken me to the amazing possibilities of combining the latest multimedia recording technologies with all this internetting going on. An old school project, Worldbridges, returned to life in the form of an internet based multimedia broadcasting network dedicated to exploring cultural diversity. So, six months after planning to abandon the world of website creation, I now plan to make it my life’s work (at least for the foreseeable future) and I don’t think this would have happened without the camera. Once again plans for Guatemala have been delayed but I’ll get there eventually and when I do, you’ll probably see it posted somewhere on the Net.
Since that night at Nick’s, I’ve taken over 3,000 pictures. A lot of them have been too dark, or too blurry, or just not that interesting, but some of them I’ve grown quite fond of. Here are my favorites – some for the sake of aesthetics, others for the sake of remembering the moment. Lots of others are in the Pusanweb Photo Section. Thanks to all those who have participated in creating and sharing these moments.