Jun 17, 2009 1
There are some things you do and you tell everyone about them. When funny youtube videos come up in conversation, I tell people about mikedibenedetto.posterous.com where I post the funny vids I find. And there are some things you do that are better kept private. And then there are other things that start out as private but eventually deserve a little coming out party. This post is one of those parties.
For the past six months or so, I have kept a strange photo blog on tumblr consisting entirely of photos with the mirror effect taken on my macbook pro‘s iSight camera. The site is called DiBekedeko and can be found at www.dibekedeko.com. The name comes from a short-lived nickname my long time friend (22 year friendship in a 28 year life = impressive) Max Porter gave me. As if the photos that you take with Photobooth’s mirror effect aren’t creepy enough, I’ve been experimenting with taking series of photos with the effect to tell mini, pointless visual stories. Occasionally, when a friend visits, we’ll do an impromptu session. Granted, such a minimal concept can get repetitive, but there is something really satisfying, and I think interesting, in taking an idea to such an absurd length.
To fully maximize the creepy factor of the photoblog, I messed with Tumblr’s settings to make all of the text and background black. And I altered the HTML of the theme to eliminate the search box. Now, all you see are these weird photos and black. If you hit “Select All” (Control + A on a PC and Cmd + A on a Mac), you can see some text and links. [I'm working on eliminating all of the text entirely and the Tumblr links at the top right. I'll update the post when that is complete.] But overall, I think the effect is pretty cool.
Keeping this photoblog has been a fun little past time because early on, I set it up so my computer would automatically upload all new photos taken with Photobooth to Flickr. I used a cool little tool called FlickrBooth. And then I set up the Tumblog to import the RSS feed of my Flickr account. Now I just take 15 photos at a time with Photobooth and I have a new creepy little visual story.