This one is not really about design. Or maybe it is in a way. Maybe, but it’s more about a loss. It’s more about how much I hate to loose material when I backup and format my Mac. It seems to be a tradition in my life already. I can’t recall having ever backed up everything successfully before such an easy operation. In the past, losses haven’t been too dramatic. Some fonts here, some files there… it was usually stuff I could recuperate or else let go without many tears. This time, though… this time, the one that types here has lost hundreds of high res shots taken since 2004, I think. Go ahead and ask… are you flipping stupid? Backing up is the easiest thing to do! I know… I poke my lower lip and think of all the images, all the photos that are gone. Images from many cities, places and things, and people (unknown ones, friends, family…) and jobs I had used in many of my projects. Something I was always innerly and humbly very proud of… To design something using your own photography. I was positive I had backed up the iPhoto folder in my Passport Hard Drive.
Two weeks ago I broke my right hand’s thumb during an Ultimate Frisbee game. Since then, I have been able to improve my lazy and clumsy left hand as I’ve observed an interesting improvement in my positive perception of life. Losses, winnings. It’s all relative, right? So I am thinking that the same principle can be applied to the loss of my photo library. No question about the fact that I will be coursing my bones for quite a while, but here’s a great chance and opportunity to grab the cameras, lenses, step out, near or far, and snap around (I am so going back to LA, dammit!!!). So as a tribute to the gone shots, here are some pieces to which they kindly contributed.