I have a whole series of pavement pictures taken in London many years ago (2006).
They are simply pictures with the camera pointed at the ground: the road, the pavement, blemishes and leaves and all. They remind me of London, of the many steps taken in that city, most often not looking down but frequently aware of the physical landscape I was traversing. One might look down to avoid the lines, perhaps to avoid “blemishes” of one kind or another: patterns and markers that formed a series of snapshots on the way to wherever I was going.
This was before the days of automatic geotagging: the pictures are pre-iPhone, meaning I cannot say exactly where they were taken. But I suspect that in any case this is not too relevant, as the roads will certainly have been re-worked and re-painted at least once in the intervening years.
I remember the patterns, the styles, the modes, little details that seem to be unique to the city. Another geography story that connects and defines moments in space and time.
I spend plenty of time consuming information, and a little curating it, too (mainly for my own benefit): now it’s starting to be time to create as well.
Until one night I found the Thread in my Labyrinth of Difficulties.
Peter Ackroyd; Hawksmoor, Chapter 1
(With a nod to Fred Wilson at AVC)
I have a two kids and a wonderful wife. I live in Germany, which was never my intention but has worked out well for both of us. Both parents working and keeping the family happy is not easy, but we manage: I love my family, the family, seeing family and spending time with them, and my life revolves around my family, emotionally and physically.
I work in the biotech / pharmaceutical industry: I love science, but I never intended to work in this field. There are moments I love my work, but most of the times I’m simply grateful to be doing something interesting and meaningful. This is especially true when working with interesting people: I love to coordinate and sort out problems in teams. My natural place is facilitating conversations and trying to steer a team towards a common conclusion. I love being at the interface: I’m not an expert, so I’m comfortable on the edge and knowing a little about a lot.
I love being creative; I try to read and write, and when I can, paint or draw. I love geography, typography, photography, and how these all fit together. I love to put stories and pictures together, and I love the idea of being able to engage more in photography, although I don’t find the time to go out enough. I love collecting, whether stories or images: somehow they form a continuing story, a timeline, and this keeps me grounded in the past, present, and future.
I’m fascinated generally by technology, especially the portable kind you can carry in a pocket, and how it is changing our lives, communication, and daily routines. Especially when it comes to information management: I have so little time I am continuously modifying my ways of consuming information in order to better process and structure everything. Usually I don’t succeed: but sometimes I see a spark that brings all the above together, and those are the evenings after which I get a good night’s sleep.