It's been kind of interesting this past week-plus, going back through a small amount of my old stuff.
There's a lot of it. Forty-odd editorials and articles from Photo Techniques (almost none of which I have); a dozen or a dozen and a half articles written for Ed Buziak's Darkroom User magazine in the U.K.; 40 or 50 articles from Camera & Darkroom; 80+ columns for founding editor Ailsa McWhinnie's Black & White Photography magazine in the U.K.; 100+ "Sunday Morning Photographer" columns published on The Luminous-Landscape, Steve's Digicams, photo.net, and fotopolis.pl; 1,349 posts on the old original Online Photographer (lots of them trivial, of course); and 4,359 posts and counting here (ditto). Not to mention sundry articles and reviews written for various arts magazines, newspapers, and local outlets. Oh, and then there was the short-lived print version of TOP, "The 37th Frame." Probably only 10% of the published material and 2% of the blog posts are worth preserving, but I'm sure I'm incapable of finding all of it, much less combing through it all for the best bits (I don't seem to have digitized versions of any but a few of my B&WP columns, for instance, which is odd, as I submitted my copy via email). Plus, believe it or not, I've written a fair number of unpublished pieces (mostly parts of intended books that I was never able to finish).
Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, in 1781, upon being presented with the latest volume of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: "What! Another damned, thick, square book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble, eh, Mr. Gibbon?"
Scribble scribble. I'm no Edward Gibbon, but I did find one old thing I quite liked and think might still have some use and value for people: it's an extended article about how to pull together a portfolio. Unfortunately, not all of it is digitized—some is, some isn't. It's a subject I know a lot about and I warmed to the task of writing it up.
Is there anyone out there capable of working as a typist who has some spare time? I was thinking I could photograph the magazine pages and send them by email to be keystroked. I'd be glad to pay on the high end of whatever the going rate might be. It's only a few thousand words, but it would take me forever. Please leave a comment marked "Private" if you can help. Maybe I'll get that Portfolio article posted before I step out of "greatest hits" mode.
[UPDATE: Typists found! Thanks.]
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