As we get into the new year, sadly with most of us in lock down, perhaps this is a good opportunity to start looking at your data backup strategy. It’s important to realise that you have to see it as a strategy.
As well as local backups and off-site backups, it’s crucial to have a Cloud backup. The more locations your data is in, the safer it will be. The number of times I’ve heard from desperate colleagues who have had a drive fail on them, with no backups and in that desperation are willing to lose in the high hundreds if not thousands of pounds, in the hope that a data specialist might be able to rescue some data, is dreadful. Invest a little, create a strategy and have peace of mind and security for your personal and professional work. Remember, family ‘snaps’ will become probably your most important and treasured archive as time passes, so treat both as equally important.
This offer may be of interest to anyone who hasn’t got Cloud backup yet or hasn’t tried Backblaze before. After much research, I chose them for my backup. One huge reason being that you can backup attached external drives (RAID boxes etc) too. Have a read through their website for more info on all their system does.
I use Backblaze to backup my computer and close to a million photographs, with almost 24Tb backed up on their servers.
Wow! These are numbers that very few photographers would ever dream of, pre-internet. I was stunned when I looked at my Flickr statistics to see that over 10 Million had visited my Flickr.
My published images from important news stories, especially in the major newspapers or magazines would would have surpass this number, but before the internet, I doubt many photographers would ever have had so many look through their portfolios of images. Flickr has been around for a while and set the standard for a great place to see a variety of photography, covering many genres, geographies and levels of ability.
I’ve found Flickr to be a great platform to use. As much as I love Instagram, Flickr is a totally different environment, where photography is consumed in a more considered way, with more depth and visual intelligence. Its a place where photography is less disposable, but studied and enjoyed with more consideration.
Many thanks for all who have taken time to flick through my images, commented and shown interest. Its been much appreciated.
If you’ve not had a look through Flickr, I definitely recommend you spend some time having a look through, search groups for your favoured types of imagery or imagery made with specific equipment. Finally, would definitely suggest you consider opening an account too.
In 2004, Sebastião began the Genesis project, aimed at presenting the unblemished face of nature and humanity. Genesis consists of a series of landscape and wildlife photographs, as well as photographs of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures, shot across 32 countries, over an eight year period. This body of work was conceived as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature.
World premiere of Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Sebastião Salgado’s photographic exhibition Genesis is unveiled for its world premiere at the Natural History Museum on Thursday 11 April (and will run until September 8th, 2013). Edited, designed and curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado, the exhibition includes 200 epic black-and-white photographs that celebrate the majesty of nature and examine the balance of human relationships with our fragile planet.
World premiere of Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Speaking about the exhibition, Sebastião Salgado commented, ‘Genesis is about beginnings. It is about the unspoiled planet, the most pristine parts, and a way of life that is traditional and in harmony with nature. I wanted to present places that were untouched and remain so to this day.
World premiere of Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis Exhibition, Natural History Museum, London. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
I want people to see our planet in another way, to feel moved and be brought closer to it. I want them to become more conscious of the environment, to feel respect for nature because this is something that is relevant to everyone.’
Sebastião Salgado was a driving force behind me taking up photography as a career. When I first saw his image, often referred to as “the crucifix” from the open gold mine in Brazil, I was totally stunned; my mind and eyes were opened like never before, as I discovered a new way of seeing and an epic way of using a camera to convey a story. Personally I have never looked back. They say, one should never meet one’s heroes as disappointment is guaranteed. I’m thankful to say that when I met Sebastião Salgado and his wife, curator and editor Lélia Wanick Salgado at their book signing in Taschen’s London store, it was a special moment. Genuinely lovely, passionate and talented with absolute modesty and elegance. My career has always been inspired by the work and now I’m glad to say that it continues to be inspired by the person too.
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis book signing. Photographer Sebastião Salgado. TASCHEN Store London, 12 Duke of York Square, London. April 10, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
As a press launch (just like a private view) is never the best time to see an exhibition; one’s always busy working. From the parts of the exhibition I did manage to see, I cannot recommend this exhibition highly enough. I foresee that I’ll be visiting it several times over the coming weeks and months. It should be on everyone’s “to do” list. It is quite literally awesome. I also cannot recommend the book highly enough either. It’s an amazing body of work, with an extremely important message. Go see it.
Addendum: I went to see the exhibition and spent several hours wondering around the various rooms, exploring various aspects of the project. It is magnificent. Amazing imagery, amazing prints and very well curated too. One gets really drawn into the images, discovering amazing details and subtleties. Equally, stepping back from some of the images, brings the graphic elements of the composition to play. I cannot recommend this exhibition highly enough. Book your ticket and time slot and visit; it is quite literally awesome.
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis book signing. L-R: Lélia Wanick Salgado (wife, curator & editor of the book) and photographer Sebastião Salgado. TASCHEN Store London, 12 Duke of York Square, London. April 10, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Absolutely ridiculous. I saw a message from a picture editor asking for “iconic images” for a publication, in exchange for which a byline credit or a small fee could be paid. This is for iconic images! It is this devaluing of photography which is killing the industry. Asking for the best of this work, “iconic imagery” as was said, and offering a credit or a small fee, is quite frankly insulting to all photographers. I’m sure a lot of this iconic photography has involved colleagues risking their lives and being away from their loved ones for weeks and months on end, and the offer of a credit simply does nothing to appreciate or respect this work.
I saw another message from a different publication asking for photojournalistic work from around the world, in exchange for the opportunity for the photographer to take these pictures; so, the photographer comes up with the story idea and pictures, to give this publication, and their payment is the opportunity to have done so! When questioned, the reply was “we are a non-profit publication”.
Let me clear something up for all those after free pictures, no matter what your excuse or reasoning is. We are for profit individuals, who need to make a profit to pay for our accommodation, meals, food, water, heating, transport and so on. Let’s not even start on how much equipment costs now days. Stop asking for free pictures.