02989: Photo Documentarian Resolutions

Google Photos Faces

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We talked about the highly nostalgic idea of photo albums on Baduy Pride tonight and towards the end of the episode, I suddenly thought that it might be interesting to try to create an auto-updating album for our FGTC gaming group. I've only done this a few times, mainly for family, and I don't know why it had never occurred to me to consider doing it among friends. I've already created the album and it should fully populate with faces by tomorrow. It's not a perfect feature since I still get false positives when it comes to the face-matching technology, but the results can be interesting.

I've been thinking a lot about photos as of late - and probably the lack thereof given our lack of activities outside the Sietch. And there are a lot of things that I want to do differently once it's safe enough to hang out with friends again on a regular basis.

First, more photos of people. I'm always shy about doing this and it just means that I need to invest time in asking if they'd be okay if I take photos, especially given how much I enjoy stolen shots. I do honestly try to document different events with my camera and that needs to include capturing more moments with people. 

Second, more thoughtful O Bar videos. I already take a lot, but now I want to better index every single O Diva performance, even the ones I've seen so many times. It's one thing to have memories of the performance, but it would be cool to have actual video. Those videos have become a sort of lifeline for us during the pandemic and I need to make sure it becomes a full-on library of Philippine drag.

Lastly, I need to figure out how else to actually share these photos. I mainly curate them into albums for my own benefit, but I rarely share the photos directly with friends. It's only a bit more effort to invite them as viewers to my Google Photos albums, but it should go a long way in terms of giving everyone a way to celebrate these good memories together. 

We will get back to our former lives. We will return to a truer sense of normal. We will be with our friends and loved ones again.