I am a young(ish?) man (D.O.B. 1980) living in Helsinki, Finland. I am Russian by origin (born in the USSR, baby!), but I’ve lived in Finland for most of my adult life. I kind of like it here, most of the time. My hobbies include sailing, reading and playing computer games, as well as combining drinking with all of the above. You can behold my frightful visage on some of the posts, if you must, as well as on the photo to the left.
I guess one of the answers to that would be “why not?”. Although to be honest it all happened sorta by accident. I had an abandonware site (old games and applications, nostalgic stuff) with an update section that was sorta blog-like which then evolved into a full-blown blog. I also tend to carry my digital camera with me pretty much 24/7, so it was only natural for me to create a photoblog instead of your common dry text-only blog. Besides, in my enlightened opinion, it is much more fun to read a blog sprinkled with photos taken by the author himself. There is another good reason for this hobby - I have dismal long-term memory. I can barely remember what I’ve done a couple of summers back, and it feels like I am loosing most of my life to this affliction. This way, with a blog I can overview the past events, making it into a public sort of diary.
Is it art?
Oh good God, fuck no. And why should it be? Personally, I find 99% of most photoblogs on the web annoyingly identical. A photo, usually without any comment, and that’s it. And 99 times out of 100 its pretentious crap anyway. I would much rather read a blog with amateur pics not trying to be what they are not, accompanied by a good deal of text. And that is what I am trying to do here, with photos serving as illustrations, no more, and not being the sole point of the blog.