February 21, 2010
This week’s theme for one of the photo a week projects I’m doing was “diptych”, for which the assignment was to make contact with another person in the group and collaborate on a composition consisting of two pictures, one from each group member. I briefly considered skipping this theme (the group rules allow for that) or doing a diptych with myself (as some people appear to have done) but figured I’d joined the group to push myself a bit, which is why yesterday found me doing something new–meeting a Flickrite (Flickrer?) in person. I’ve met up with online folks many times before, of course (JournalCon, WeetapieCon, etc.) but never someone I’ve only known through Flickr. I’m happy to report that it went well. Spencer and I met in a coffee shop, then walked a few blocks to Forest Hill Cemetery, which I’d suggested since I’d been meaning to visit it for quite some time. This is the cemetery that Faye and I had planned to do a tour at last fall but then didn’t end up going when she had something else come up and I didn’t follow through on my own. As it turned out, Spencer had gone on one of those tours and was able to share some of the stories, which was great. There are a lot of interesting stones in that cemetery and I definitely need to get back there one day to see more of them. After shooting a bunch of photos, Spencer and I went to our cars to retrieve our laptops (I’m a PC, he’s a Mac, but we didn’t let that get in our way) and retired to a different coffeshop to sort through our pictures and find two that worked together. Spencer did most of the work of combining our photos–unfortunately my laptop doesn’t have any really good editing software on it. The result is at the top of this entry–two views of a very unusual stone with a face carved into one corner. I’m pleased with our diptych and happy I took the challenge.