Do you like looking at pictures? Me too.
Hi everybody! Before we begin, let me introduce myself. I’m Andy — I live in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. I have been fascinated with pictures all my life. It started with comic strips and storybooks. My mother was a prolific amateur photographer, and her family photo albums were legendary. Like every kid in the 1980s, television and movies captivated my attention. Eventually, I found painting and photography, and I never looked back. I’ve been studying visual media for most of my life. I’m fascinated with imagemaking and deeply inspired by the people who practice it.
Years ago, I published a blog called FlakPhoto. That was before Instagram devoured the scene and ate my blogging habit. I love social media, but lately, I’ve been feeling the urge to log off and get back to basics. So I’m using Substack to share community news, recommend books, show some pictures, and talk with the artists I admire. Sound good? Sign up here to get on the list.
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So, how will this newsletter work?
Good question. FlakPhoto Digest will be a mix of photography news, online ephemera, and recommended reading. I want to play with short-form posts and publish longer stuff too. I’m eager to experiment with audio, so stay tuned for that. Things may not be the same from week to week. I’m not even sure how frequently I should send this thing. Mainly, I want this to be interesting for you and fun for me — a space to think about images and ideas and, ideally, to talk with each other about them.
I won’t be paywalling anything to begin with, but eventually, I may have some benefits for paying subscribers. Most of what I do here will be free. Of course, you can provide financial support to power the newsletter if you want.
Finally, I’m open to your ideas and suggestions as things take shape. If there’s something you’d like to see here, let me know!