Jac Depczyk

QEdit - fast publishing of photos at last!
yes, the best use of images is via a database but that is slow and new just images keep coming - in 100s and 1000s. besides, which images to publish? when people are involved it gets complicated.
i have now added a new tool to my photo app - QEdit (this is a working name), where images can be be quickly published just by copying them into a new folder. other folders can also be created, currently one where you can put images you want deleted but other options will be added.
the lack of database limits the scope to just array() functions - the images are just files with (some) static data attached and folder contents are arrays.
but the tool is great for pre-selection - giving people photographed (PPs) quick access before making final choices for the site / Cell / Blog and it is fast - i can rip through 100 images in less than 5 minutes!
in short, it is the tool we have been waiting for - it will change everything.

view images recently Q-published on: my Blog
more info in: FAQ 243
once again updating jacdepczyk.com and jdimg.net
every web site needs regular updating, i would even say, that's the definition of a web site, or you are missing the point. now attending to mines again - over 60 new (and old) images added, totally re-written search function - more importantly, i now have a clear concept of how to organize different types of my images - the illustration work remains in the main position (about 500 images), with non-sessions photography now moved to the new section - visual blog - still being worked on.
adding more text and links - this is becoming a trip down the Memory Lane, reading through years' old emails...

i have 3 personal web sites: jacdepczyk.com, jdimg.net and my blog, which is running on Netcells.
the price of the Free
human relations were always rooted in Reciprocity.
until now.
the new Internet-based economy enables massive, global-scale delivery of goods, information, functionality - advertised and widely accepted as "free".
but, there is nothing free in business, if the product is free it's because you are the product - say the programmers.
the fundamental problem is that without Reciprocity not only economic but also social structures tumble, like a house of cards...
and this is what we are seeing, everywhere within Internet's reach.
the true cost of you saving a few local currency units is collapse of livelihoods, communities, independence, diversity.

and - guess what - this corrosive effect is seeping into personal relations - distorting, generating false expectations, corrupting.

Reciprocity is not (just) about money, it's about time, effort, knowledge, information, sharing.

when i take i try to give back, in some way.
when i give i expect Reciprocity, of some kind.
if you refuse these simple rules don't count on my cooperation or good will.
extending my photo app Photographed
taking photos is great fun but dealing with them later is very time consuming and that time is hard to find. some years ago i built a simple web application to manage my photos of people, i improve it whenever i find time, although the development work is continuing what's most important is already there - you can select your images and add data to them - that information is stored in the database and can be used in countless ways in the future - on NetCells, on my site, on your site etc.

# the main purpose of the Photo App is simply to deliver the photographs to the Persons Photographed (PP) while respecting everyone's privacy and rights (including mine) - the images are free to share, provided you don't change them
# the pictures are not intended to stay online forever, unless that's what you want (for example: the event is public and very memorable)
# the application has been in use for some years, but only by Netcells Users - now it works for anybody - although the Netcells Users have more options
# it is not phone app -- ie. there is nothing to download or install, however, it is fully usable via mobile phones and tablets
# the application is build on a freemium model - the core functionality is free, plus there are paid options
# the app is developed via NetCells, if you like it, you can show your appreciation by Liking the NetCells facebook page

when the images are shot, after deleting bad ones, i make them available via Photographed app - there are 3 modes:
1. the Folder is Private - only available to the NetCells Users, via User Zone
2. the Folder is Limited - only accessible with the Folder ID (FID)
3. the Folder is Public - images are visible to anyone

only the last 10 folders show on the Photographed page, other folders can only be found via keyword search (assuming those keywords have been added - you can request that) or via Folder ID.

further info about the app is on NetCells FAQs.


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Friendship v.21.14
what would life be without friends ?
the answer: impossible.
we do need friends, ok, but of what kind ? how many can we handle ?
the supposed biological limit, known as the Dunbar's number is about 150-250, derived from studies of primates and dependent on memory and neocortex processing power.
but, in the 21st century machines have long abolished such barriers. "social" electronic networks make new connections effortless, databases store and retrieve any amount of data - have 5000 "friends" says facebook.

so, who or what is a friend ? a new definition is urgently needed or the term becomes void. i cobbled one quickly - below - a friendship exists when:

# face to face meeting occurred and can happen again
# good will is declared by both sides
# communication channels remain open
# areas of common interest exist
# both parties understand what reciprocity means
# no intent to deceive on either side

that does not sound like much but in early 21st century it's perhaps a lot.

i had to add Reciprocity to the list. Friendship walks on two legs, and when one is shorter than other it soon starts to hobble. Reciprocity is usually assumed but not always delivered, and it's meaning is culturally biased.
Eskuz ala Makinaz ? - my interview for the Aldiri architecture magazine
this morning i received a printed copy of Aldiri architectural magazine with my interview, done in June. it is all in Euskara (Basque) language, `eskuz ala makinaz´ means `manually or mechanically (automatically)´.
the cover - suitably stark - features the black and white version of my `robot-vendor´ image, made for The Economist in 1997. the interview idea came from my great friend Kepa Iturralde, now based in Munich.

full English text, Aldiri site and Kepa's profile on the links below.
my automatic, almost effortless and sure method to learn foreign language fast with half-a-brain
while learning Spanish i was occasionally meeting people for language practice exchange and often had to tell them this:
hombre, one or two years is plenty to get fluent in a language, if you are not speaking it after 5 years you are either faking it or going wrong somewhere.
learning a language is not much fun - using a language certainly is - get there fast!

here is my method and i am a living proof that it works:
1. you have to put in the time - giving it 2 hours a week you are just trying to persuade yourself and your friends you are doing something useful, and, before you tell me how amazingly busy you are, note that language is mainly left brain activity - that means you still have the other half of your grey substance unoccupied - correct? while you are doing something right brain your left brain can be absorbing the language you are interested in.
i am fortunate in the fact that much of my work - making images - is right brain, but there are plenty of right brain activities we perform each day - cleaning, DIYing, exercising etc
2. limit your language initially and make sure it is correctly spoken - trying to learn English from gangster movies or period drama set in Victorian England might lead to unpleasant surprises later on.
a perfect source is News, news come in small pieces, get repeated throughout the day, they are correctly spoken and delivered clearly, find a news channel you like and follow it.
3. search for emotional charge in your input - you memorise faster when emotions are involved.

adding those elements together:
put on headphones and spend an hour or preferably more each day listening to the news via Internet or TV. concentrate on the pieces of news where you feel some emotion, with time you will understand more and more.
once you understand most of it apply yourself to the grammar - at this stage, i am afraid you have to read and memorise the rules.
subsequently, find people you feel strongly about (preferably in a positive way) and talk to them a lot.
at that point you are inside the language. now the fun and real work starts ;-)
Ameliorate - top cat of Greater London zone...
Working with formidable Jessica, amazing body and a great ability. More pictures coming in due course...

Mar la Fallera
During las Fallas i worked with a bubbly little star Mar - great talent, natural joy and spontaneity - we hope she stays like this!
Paqui lived up to her role of a Fallera Mayor.

A day in Xativa, Comunidad Valenciana
When Javier turned to growing his oranges organically his chemical-spraying neighbours considered him a "loco".
But today his products are well-known, they sell well and are very tasty.
All they need is love - he says.

Polish scribes don't like forests
Spoke to my old friend Janek in Poland for 1 hour today, he tells me, in his literary/academic circles work published on the Internet does not count for mucho -- it's got to come, by truck, as paper covered with the printer's ink !

Janek himself has a BIG carbon footprint - personally responsible for obliterating a forest or two.
His witty essay about our trip to Belgium many years ago is on the link below (if you read Polish).

"Czy wybitny pisarz może pić cokolwiek poza atramentem?" pyta podstępnie Janek Tomkowski (just to show that Polish characters work just fine on this blog ;-)
The Economist's Christmas Party was very noisy
I was looking forward to be talking with people but loud music throughout has made it a struggle.
Anyhow, i managed to have a rant with Satoshi on the dying art of print media illustration (or art of illustration for dying print media).
Suzy won a raffle prize.
Might post a picture or two at a later time...
2011 = 500 EcFocs !
On 17th of August 2011 i made my 500th illustration for The Economist's Economics Focus column, or EcFoc, as it is known in the editorial circles - on the suitably big topic of the "eurobonds".
To celebrate this event a specially made cake was the least i could do - it was nice to share a glass with the head of Graphics Penny Garrett, see people i have not seen in years - it is all done remotely these days. Always a thrill to be contributing to a key global newspaper with circulation of 1.5 million...


The first EcFocs were made in the 90s for the deputy editor Clive Crook, the newspaper was mainly black and white, the world was quite different from now, well, time flies...
I will write more on this topic, once i have done some historical research, just in case anyone cares ;-)
Meanwhile, over 100 of the EcFocs can be seen on the link below - cheers !
Alaska in Lliria

In a small village of Lliria i photographed a young English writer, whom i can only call Alaska, as she wishes to remain anonymous for now (Alaska is not her real name, you understand, but it goes well with Lliria, doesn't it ?).
Rather good results for several hours of effort in the midday heat - very nice to work with, even though she swears a lot, she is, of course, fatally photogenic...

A couple of her Getty images below. Hopefully, she will publish more on her blog.
While in Valencia i worked with Serbian princesa Jelena. We were studying Spanish there.
She is now gone home to Belgrade for a while - must keep a job in these hard times...

I love the image above, you can see it processed, plus a few more, on GettyImages.com - links below, she published some images we made on her blog.
Farewell Wolfgang Heller...

My old friend Wolfgang died on Sunday, 19th June 2011.

We met in Sweden, in Cold War era, Europa was quite a different place then - split in two, full of spite and paranoia, it seemed inconceivable that would ever change. We came from opposing sides of the Iron Curtain but from the same generation, with quite a few ideas in common, English was our Lingua Franca, Frank Zappa our president...

He was a quiet, kind man who loved his two children, music, vintage cars and rollerskating - leaves behind many grieving friends.

(i must dig out some more images of Wolfgang soon...)

It is always a pleasure to work with my friend William - a forgetful genius and a witch doctor.
Alas, we never made any money, so far... the world will be sorry for that.
Life is Information - please take notice!
In May 2010 Craig Venter succeeded in "booting up" man-made DNA, thus creating the first entirely artificial organism - a bacterium with its own web address, 46 credits for the team members and 3 quotations embedded in its genetic code.

One YEAR later, i am puzzled and confused that practically NOBODY i talk to is aware of this momentous event...
Fairy Kei Style Sisters from Toulouse

Bloody and Lili found me on facebook and flown over from France to make images in my London studio.
This has gone very well, we also made pictures for Krystina of Ectomorph, she has some on her blog.

More on my web site - link below.
El camino 2010
in September, after a hot spell in Italy, i covered some large distances in Spain, with Deborah, a writer - she wrote a few words about this in her blog.

it was a very memorable time in that great country, which i have not visited in many years - a discovery that led later to a setting up a permanent base there.

Deborah subsequently got married and settled in Walthamstow, East London, her blog, unfortunately, is no longer available on NetCells.

Underpass - the hit image

The shot of my friend Nick running in a underground passage in Normandie, 2006, became a hit, thanks to Getty Images - Nick found himself on London Underground posters and when he went home to Scotland he saw himself again - on a book cover - his mum was suitably impressed.
The image has been selling again and again ever since but - despite of all this - Nick has remained modest (a baaad idea ;-).

More Nick on the links below - he can be hired !
10 illustrations for The Economist's Special Report on IT by Kenneth Cukier
The Report is entitled "Data, data everywhere" and looks at the fundamental shift in business practices and our very concepts of information, knowledge, wisdom and reality, resulting from the deludge of data of all kinds and sources.
That Michael Piotr is a tough kookie...
This man and comedian is currently the record holder for my longest photo session - we worked pretty much continuously for 11 hours, not counting the time he spent getting his pizza...

He will go far.
letetr form Noriko
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Invisibility materials by Michio Kaku - photo-illustration for Natural History mag, NY.
I worked with Justin to produce the impossible illustration on light-bending materials, which will make large objects invisible, just like in Harry Potter, within the next few years.
The world is round.
Having crashed my car i decided to punish myself by not having a car for a year, and then reward myself for doing so by spending the money saved on round the world trip.
The trip was great and i gained a day of my life by crossing the date line eastwards.

I have seen that the world is round and people quite similar in various places.
Still thinking what i am going to do with that extra day...
Business in Japan - 8 illustrations for The Economist's survey by Tom Standage
The survey by Tom Standage, entitled "Going hybrid", looks at the changes in Japanese business practices - labour market, entrepreneurs, innovation, globalisation and adopting elements of the Anglo-Saxon model of capitalism.
I have used formidable Ryosuki as model, it was a most enjoyable photo session.
The survey was published in the 1st December issue of The Economist, worldwide.
To see all images search for "Japan" on my site or click the links below.
Miko runs home
Big sale on Getty Images, for a German radio station - shot of young Miko, running with his iPod on the Millennium Bridge in London.
Illustrations on evolution for Natural History magazine in New York, USA.
I worked with Steven Black on 6 images for the Darwin special issue of The Natural History magazine in New York. Very interesting series of articles by Richard Dawkins and others give an update on the current model of evolutionary processes, almost 150 years after the "Origin of Species" (1859).