Issue #103  4/4/2006
Photo Art Blogs Solicited

I have just started to collect blogs on photography. If you don't know what a blog is, well…

According to the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, a blog, which derives from a shortened version of web log, is "a web site that contains dated entries in reverse chronological order (most recent first) about a particular topic. Functioning as an online newsletter, blogs can be written by one person or a group of contributors. Entries contain commentary and links to other web sites, and images as well as a search facility may also be included. Although some blogs invite feedback and comments from visitors, Internet newsgroup discussions, which started long before the web, tend to be more question-and-answer oriented."

I guess that on the Internet my E-Photo newsletter can be considered a blog.

After having my own personal blogs--one "devoted to cultural and political nonsense" (http://culturalhypnotism.blogspot.com/ ) and the other wine (http://vineyardramblings.blogspot.com/ )--which I rarely keep up unfortunately because of all the work that goes into this newsletter, I have grown to appreciate the insightfulness, creativity and spontaneity of some blog authors, not to mention all their hard work. So here is the deal: if you have a blog that regularly deals with photography from some perspective of the collecting market (rather than a photographer's personal blog or photography tech stuff), let me know (just email the URL of your blog to info@iphotocentral.com ) and I will list you on our links pages under the new category of "blogs". To get to I Photo Central's Other Photo Links Page, just click on: http://www.iphotocentral.com/links/links.php . I would certainly appreciate a link back to our home page at http://www.iphotocentral.com if you could, but that is not crucial. What is crucial is if your blog has something to add to the photo collecting community.

My first listing under the category, which triggered this article in the first place, is entertaining and definitely opinionated, and I sometimes find myself in utter disagreement with the author Mike Hoeh. But what a fun ride! Hoeh calls his blog "Modern Art Obsession", or MAO for short (as in Chairman Mao). He subtitles the blog "Where the Pursuit of the Collection IS the Obsession". Mike primarily focuses on the contemporary art photography market in an off-beat and don't-take-me-serious way that I do find refreshing. His cross-outs are a real hoot (you'll see what I mean). The blog is located at: http://www.modernartobsession.blogs.com/ .