I love taking pictures of people. Photos can convey people’s spirits so vividly. I especially like to take pictures of smiling faces, and I have a patented method for eliciting them. And I really like reflecting images of our community, which means so much to me.
I have been taking pictures of people at DR events since 1993 as snapshots for myself and the people in the photos. It is like a family album of our field, which is a valuable record that I want to share.
So I produced a series of posts with these photos. This collection is very selective and idiosyncratic for several reasons. They are limited to shots (1) of people with whom I happened to cross paths, (2) when I had my camera and the presence of mind to take a picture instead of just gab, (3) when people tolerated my interruption of their conversations to let me boss them into letting me take their picture, and (4) of people that readers of this blog are likely to know.
For a while, I diligently took a lot of photos trying to picture a wide range of people at these events. Lately, I have been lazy and focused mostly on people I knew.
The bottom line is that this is anything but a comprehensive or even representative collection. It omits many wonderful friends and colleagues (especially those who work in the real world, i.e., not academics) while including mug shots of some serial recidivists. The quality of some shots is not great, but good enough to capture people’s spirit.
Although this is far from a comprehensive or official album, I am particularly glad to include some people who haven’t been in the usual gathering places for a while (at least not when I was there) as well as some who have joined our fold relatively recently.
I started by posting the shots one year at a time, in reverse chronological order. I thought about starting from the beginning, but it’s probably better for everyone to ease into how much younger we used to look (though some damned people seem not to have aged). The photos generally aren’t in any particular order.
Having posted the historical shots from my files, I am now moving forward with posts from particular events.
Occasionally, people have asked if they could use these photos in public events. In this Facebook age, people take and post pictures of others without a moment’s thought. I realize that these days it’s quaint to ask for consent before posting photos. But quaint-am-I, so I post pictures on this blog and share them only after asking for permission of people I can track down. I won’t post or share photos that people ask me not to publicize.
In general, I limit the captions to people’s names, though sometimes I include some background information. If you want to find out more about people featured in the photos, you can google them or ask me.
You will see photos with some people I can’t identify. If you know who they are, please let me know.
If I misspell your name or don’t show it the way you like (or, even worse, misidentify you), please let me know and I will fix it.
Anticipating a question, let me say that there will be no pictures of hearts games. What happened in hearts games stays in hearts games. Also, no food pictures.
Below is a list of links to each album. You can also find them by searching for “photo album” or clicking on the “photo album” tag. And at the bottom of each album, there are links to the preceding and succeeding albums.
I hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane.