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Direction and Purpose

June 4, 2009



I started this blog ten months ago, with two goals in mind. It’s purpose was to be  a place for me to “explore ideas and write critically about them” as well as to share things with others. Reflecting on this, I can say that I haven’t really explored anything at all, yet I have shared quite a few things that I found interesting. Going forward I want to shift the direction and purpose of Undead Pixel.

To start, I want to make this blog a lot more personal. I’m not talking about detailing the day-to-day happenings of my life, what I mean is writing for myself. I want to focus on the idea exploration aspect and ultimately use this blog as a way to improve my writing.  I will no longer try to recruit readers, be it via Twitter, my personal site, or other avenues. If you read this please comment and let me know what you think of the things I write. Since this is an experiment, critical comments are gold.

Welcome to phase two of Undead Pixel.


Editing a Photo Project – Part 1

May 23, 2009

UkraineGrid© Eugen Sakhnenko 2009

Just over a year ago, I returned to my country of birth after 14 years away. Having left Ukraine shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, seeing a country so clearly torn between the past and the present was wildly facinating. I immediately began documenting my journey with a clear idea that I would create a small photo book of the trip. Unlike my usual personal work, rigid and formal, the Ukraine photos were very loose and fluid, instinctive. Returning home I was faced with over 3500 images with which to form some sort of coheisive body.

An initial edit to illustrate my trip to family and friends resulted in a few hundred images, however the idea of a tight book edit lingered. As school started up again, I was consumed with other project such as In Praise of Shadows and for the most part the Ukraine photos lay dormant. Fast forward to April of this year, I decided that this summer I would complete the Ukraine project and produce a book by the end of this year.

There were two main reasons for this commitment. First of all, after my initial edit I knew there were some really great photographs (some out of 3500 translates to quite a few), with several specific themes emerging. The second reason was that in June I’m leaving for six weeks to travel around Western Europe (more on that in another post) and I wanted to shoot in a similar loose style. Completing the edit would allow me to see what worked and what didn’t so that I wouldn’t make the same mistakes the second time around.

In the next Editing a Photo Project post I’m going to write about how I managed to go from 3500 images to 30 and some of the issues that come up when editing a personal project.


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