Advent Trivia Day 20:

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10% of all photographs were taken in the last 12 months.

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Project Four: 29th February

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I have lived through nine 29th Februaries and have never really given them much thought.  This is my oldest child’s first 29th February (and my second child’s first 29th February), so the first leap day since I have become a father.  It was with this in mind that I decided to catalogue the general happenings on this auspicious day.

Obviously this is going to be a very slow moving project – with updates only once every 4 years – but should be fascinating if I can keep it up for the next 10 occurrences (should I live that long)!

Project Three: The Ides

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This is perhaps a simpler project then the first two that I have set myself (hey it’s my website I can do what I want to do with it!).  This involves no research, no checking of facts and very little time.  It does take discipline though.

I enjoy taking photos but they tend to be snaps, very little art or structured work.  To be frank I don’t have a lot of time to do that and my muses for the majority of my photos tends to be my family or holiday ‘snaps’.  I have toyed with the idea of trying to have some form of focus to a selection of photos and never have, well not until now.

I have decided that I will catalogue the Ides of each month.  Why?  Because I wanted to chose a date each month to record the changes through the year but I also wanted to be a little geeky: hence the Ides.  The Ides (Idus) where thought to be the day of the full moon in Roman months.  This was usually the 13th of most months except March, May, July and October where it was the 15th.

So there will be an update on, or more likely just after, each of the above dates and hopefully it should be a fascinating portrayal of the turning year.

Project Two: Bygone Postcards

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This is another of those projects that have been sitting at the back of my mind and hopefully by putting it into words and publishing it on the web for all to see, it will give me the encouragement to actually do something about it.

I own a number of photographic historical postcards with various scenes from places that I know, namely around West Bromwich and Staines.  They are mainly from the early part of the 20th century and although I am far from being classed as a deltiologist (even an amateur deltiologist) I find the historical significance of the photographs incredibly intriguing.  It is fascinating to see how much places have (or indeed have not) changed in nigh on a century.

Some of the postcards that I own are virgin postcards (they were never used) but there are a number that have messages and that is quite fascinating too.  It is a glimpse on a moment in someone’s life.  In 1894 British publishers were given permission by the Royal Mail to create and distribute picture postcards and at that time there were up to 12 deliveries a day in some cities in the UK.  Thus the postcard, with its reduced postage rate (of 1/2 d),  could be used as e-mail or text messages are used today with multiple exchanges between correspondents in a single day.

This project is simply to try to recreate the same photo as depicted on the cards I have.  Literally find the landmark, guess as to where the photo was taken from and snap.  I will scan the original postcard and upload my 21st Century version and try to make notes on how the environ has changed in the intervening years.

This may be a little slow moving as it will depend upon when I get the free time to go and take the photos but hopefully I should have some here for your comments early in the spring (2012).