Website, doors, photos & Tate

This week I have re-designed my website, again. I actually got the idea from a flickr-friends twitter background. I saw her new background and immideately got me in the mood to change my design again. I took a look at my web and come to the conclution that it was boring and not as cool as I wanted.

It’s less than four months since I redesigned it.  Lets hope this design will stay up for a bit longer!

It didn’t take me long to figure out how I wanted it. Quite quickly I had a vision of how I wanted it. I wanted it to be clean, hip and cool. There is only so much I can make with the limited html skills I got, so I’m pretty satisfied with the way it turned out.

Of course it wasn’t a painless operation. Not only once did I almost pull my hair out. When I found out that the design looked differently in FF (firefox) and IE, I almost resigned. I was so close to quite and forget the whole thing. But I didn’t, because I wanted to badly to get this to work.

In the end I’m not 100% satisfied, but that’s not my fault. It’s IE/FF fault and I can’t do anything about it.

The door project is going on. I’ve had two days now where I’ve been a bit blah about the whole thing. Yesterday I had to drag myself out to find a door. Today my mood was better, but I didn’t find  the door. It’s an ok church-door, but not it! I guess when you’re gonna find 365 doors, not everyone can be it! But in my head every door must be top notch! I have to lower my expectation/ ambition maybe? Ugh, that doesn’t sound good. Not at all. No! NO! I can’t think like that. I have to work on getting the it-door every day, but I must remember to not be disappointed if I don’t find that door every day.

I put up all my doors on the website. That was quite a job. But it’s good to have them up. Now it will be much easier to add new photos. I think it’s a good idea to add new photos to my web once a week.

Now that I’m so focused on doors, I don’t shoot other things that much. I miss that. These the last week has been all about doors. I know this project is important, but I don’t want it to take over me completely. I want to focus on other pictures as well. I have to find a way to balance it all.

Today I bought some food to photograph again… It was only cheep things like an red apple, an onion and carrots. I did have carrots in the fridge, but they were not as photogenic as the ones I saw in the supermarket. haha. I have to eat lots of carrots to get rid of all these! I better go get one now.

I visited flickr a short while ago and I found this supercool link about Tate Liverpool who collaborates with Flickr and wants us to share colour monocrome pictures (pictures with one color). If they get accepted into the flickr color chart group, it will be displayed on Tate’s website (as you can see in the link).  In the end they are going to select 36 pictures and make a poster out of them. I have found two pictures that I’ve submitted.

white eggs

blue wall

You can upload max five pictures. These two are the only who I have found so far that fits the theme color monocrome. I like the white eggs the most. Hmm. when I come to think of it, I have one more that might fit into the description. Not sure… I’ll think about it and maybe upload this one:


Maybe not 95% of one color as they requier…

250509-1Maybe this one?

I’ll think about it. No use to debate withmyself in this blogpost. haha.

Promotion and a new layout(?)

I haven’t told you about the promotion-thing I mentioned a while ago. I thought I’d give you an update on that. I have a really great Dutch friend on flickr called Anne She is the sweetest around flickr! She is opening her own studio in a town near where she lives. It’s an old store with lots of space and big windows facing the street. She wants to sort of promote some artists, let them have 5 picture on display in her window / studio.
Guess what? She contacted me :) Of all her contacts on flickr, I was one of the them. Great, huh? I have some square nature shots that she loves and that’s why she contacted me. I have to choose 5 pictures I want to display and I also have to discribe myself in a few words just so people know who I am. 
It’s not gonna be like a regularly art-studio where she’s gonna sell my pictures / original work.She will be able to sell my stuff and I will get paid off and she will take some of the money. But it’s mainly for promotion.
I got so excited as soon as I finsihed reading her mail. Now I have to find out what five shots to send her. It’s gonna be hard. I want it to be some square ones. And I think it will be some nature-shot. I want them to be in the same theme. There is two I’ve sort of made up my mind about. But the rest is out in the blue, so far.
So this is the reason for me updating my website. I’ve also created a new email adresse. It’s kjersti @ All mail sent to that adresse will be forwarded to my regular email.
You won’t believe it, or maybe you will… I’m thinking of changing my design on… It’s too dark, I think I want something brighter. I saw a blog yesterday from one of my other flickr-friends and her layout was green and beautiful. Now I’m wondering if I should change my background color to green myself. Maybe a olive-green or a light greenblue thingy. But… that would really crash with my front page which now has the dark color. I probably would have to change that front page too. Sigh!
I’ve already started fooling around with my layout. Trying out some green colors, changing the menu and the front page. Not sure where this will end though… I might do something more today.
Why can’t I be satisified with what I got and leave it with that? Why do I always want somethinge else than I got? It’s like every time I see a great design I instantly think that mine is bad and that I want to change it. But I never get those ‘top-class’ layouts, because my skills are limited. I know the basic html and I know some css (I think it’s called). I wish I knew so much more than I do! updated

Today I’ve updated my website with a bunch of nature-shots. I haven’t updated it in ages. So there were like twenty shots I had to add to that folder.

You know, I was going through my pictures at flickr, to find what pictures to upload to the webiste. And I see, apart from all the christmas shots, that I mostly upload nature / flower shots.

I would like to do some other stuff too, but I’m not that good at it. I would like to do some random street shot; like shoot from the hip while standing waiting for the bus or standing on a corner of a crowded street. I fear that someone will notise and start bitchin’ about it.

I also would like to shoot some architecture stuff too; like colorful buildings, churches and houses etc. .

And last, but not least, I would love to shoot some phenomenal landscape shots filled with mist, a lonley tree on the hill etc.

Well, in order to shoot all this, the first thing I need is some good weather, some sun and light. When it’s as dark and grey as it is outside now, it’s almost impossible to shoot anything. Sigh!

The reason for updating my web now, is that there is something going on with promoting myself. I don’t have time to eleborate on that now. Just lets say it’s exciting, something I look forward to and hopefully something good will come out of it.

It’s time to go to bed now. I promised myself to be in bed by 23.00 and that’s a promise I intend to keep.

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