‘Do You Feel Like You’re Making History?’

Excerpts from an email I received a few days ago.

Dear Justin

Request for permission to archive: This Is Not A Photo Opportunity http://www.notaphoto.com/

The State Library of Queensland would like to archive your website to preserve it for future generations.

PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, was set up by the National Library of Australia in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications. The State Library of Queensland cooperates with the National Library in order to build and preserve a comprehensive collection of Australian online publications. State Library’s brief is to enhance the Queensland presence in this national archive.

We would like to include the above website in the PANDORA Archive, and I would be grateful if you would let me know whether you are willing to permit us to do so. That is, grant us a licence under the Copyright Act 1968 to copy your publication in to the Archive and to provide public access to it via the Internet. This means that you would grant the Library permission to retain your publication in the Archive and to provide public access to it in perpetuity.

Specific information about the State Library’s role in the PANDORA Archive is available at http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/find/sites/pandora. Further information about PANDORA can be found on the National Library’s website at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/index.html

Yes, dear reader, future generations will get to explore my inner most feelings regarding the lighting at The Troubadour, photographing in venues without a photo pit and get to see some pretty pictures from the Brisbane music scene in the early part of the 21st century at the same time.

Note: The title of this blog comes from an interview with Steve Gullick, one of my most favourite music photographers, I read recently.

The first time I photographed Josh Pearson when he was doing Lift To Experience, he asked me, ‘Do you feel like you’re making history?’ Well, I’m certainly recording a very important aspect of it. I think it’s going to be difficult to forget much of the music many of these artists have produced. All I can do is show you what they look like.

I loved the question/statement and had it scribbled down for a future reference and possible use should I ever get around to staring up the new blog (more musing, less photos) I’ve promising myself to set-up over the last couple of years. So nobody steal it in the meantime, right?

6 Responses to “‘Do You Feel Like You’re Making History?’”

  1. Jerry says:

    That was sort of our mantra at Careless Talk Costs Lives, actually. If you’re working with someone you know to be a great photographer it raises your own game a hundred-fold.

  2. I think that ex_king_john has been approached with a similar email. I could be wrong. Suss it out: http://turnitupto10.blogspot.com/

    Congrats, too.

  3. Justin says:

    It’s a good mantra to have. Fits in well with all the recent BrizBands fun and games, as well as all the other musings on the state of the music press over the last year.

  4. Justin says:

    Cheers Andrew. Yes, have seen that on EKJ’s site. One of these days I’m going to have to work out how to download stuff from his site and give it a proper listen; he’s got plenty of gigs I photographed so i probably should start linking to his site

  5. […] Amazingly, this week was is the fourth anniversary of me starting to do a regular photo blog, first on Myspace and now on This Is Not A Photo Opportunity. The actual anniversary was on Wednesday but although I’d drafted up 90% of this post it’s been a hectic week and I forgot to finish it and publish it. In those four years I have written 282 blog posts, with this post now being number 283.  I guess the big news for the blog over the year was it being archived by the State Library. […]

  6. ekj says:

    this doesnt apply to my stuff I think. it seems to be aimed at publications. I actually approached the library to see if they would be interested and the only stumbling block [mountain really] is copyright. Every time I get anything like enough money together to get a clearance document drawn up someone throws a festival and i spend it all 🙂 or in the last case the car broke down.

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