Updated statement of purpose, July 2014:
I started with “New Providence Daily Photo” to adhere to the restrictions of the City Daily Photo community. They don’t let you claim a whole state.
I got frustrated with the confines of “within 10 miles of New Providence” around fall 2012 (about 2 years after I started the blog), so I expanded my range to “within the entire state of New Jersey,” since I visit my hometown on the shore pretty often, and since the shore is easily more scenic than New Providence (and I do love an easy photo).
After Hurricane Sandy, I started losing interest in photography. I’ve always admired photojournalism, and tried to learn how to do local photojournalism… but when that real journalistic event went down, I couldn’t keep up with the pros. I felt like a silly stupid girl playing with her silly stupid camera, like a cheap fake, like a pretentious arrogant idiot.
Plus the demanding daily schedule was interfering with the rest of my life.
Overwhelmed and fed up, I gave the blog a rest in June 2013. Since then, I come back and post occasionally— or that was my original intent, anyway.
Right now… if I feel like posting a photo of Jersey, I’ll post a photo of Jersey, and that’s that.
Below is the original FAQ page.
What’s all this then?
Below are some maps for context, because maps are fun.
So you take a photo every day? Wow.
No. I make sure a photo is *posted* every day. I leave for work before the sun rises and come home after it sets, so I’m usually only in New Providence when it’s dark and everything’s closed. I stock up on photos during the weekend.
Are you some fancy photographer with a fancy camera or something?
ABSOLUTELY. No, not really. I use a megazoom point-and-shoot digital camera that a *real* photographer probably wouldn’t be caught dead with.
EDIT, MID-SEPTEMBER 2012: I now own a fancy camera! I’m still not a fancy photographer, though.
So who are you then?
Here are some things about me:
- I’m a nerd.
- I grew up on the Jersey Shore. No, it isn’t like that, shut up.
- I don’t like cities. There are too many people and not enough trees.
That should be enough.
Can I use your photo for [whatever]?
Most of the photos are copyright Josy Conklin (me).
The following mostly-historical images ONLY have been released under a Creative Commons by-sa 3.0 license, and can be used as long as I am credited:
|Image and link to Wikimedia page||Link to Wikipedia article||Link to original New Providence Daily Photo post|
|Methodist Episcopal Church (Madison, NJ)||This is the church and this is the… bell tower|
|Stage House Inn||Stage House Inn|
|Sayre Homestead (n/a as of September 2012)||Lake House|
|Old Baptist Parsonage (Scotch Plains, New Jersey)||Parsonageity|
|Deacon Andrew Hetfield House||Hetfield House|
|Firehouse No. 4 (Plainfield, New Jersey)||n/a|
|Fanwood Park Historic District (n/a as of September 2012)||n/a|
The copyright on the vintage photos is kind of questionable, but I don’t own them; I’m claiming Fair Use or Expired Copyright.
The maps are released under a Creative Commons by-sa 3.0 license; use ’em as you see fit.
So… why do you do this?
Me: Fine, okay, I’ll post your darn photos. How do I do that?
James: First, go to WordPress.com and set up a blog of your own.
Me: I need to set up my own blog? But what should I blog about?
James: WAYSIDE NJ DAILY PHOTO!
Me: That’s dumb. You’re dumb. There’s nothing here worth taking photos of.
I eventually compromised with “Monmouth Daily Photo,” satisfied that there was SURELY enough stuff in the entire COUNTY to fill a photoblog.
I won’t bore you with the details, but bottom line, photoblogging got me out and about (!) and generally improved my life (!).
When I moved to Chicago in 2008 for grad school, I had to give it up. But I’m back in Jersey in 2010, so here we go again!