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What is this website built with?

This website is built with Flask, a micro-framework for Python, served by Nginx via uWSGI, powered by Ubuntu, and hosted on Amazon EC2. Static content is stored on S3 and cached with Memcached. Graphics are processed with ImageMagick. If you're interested in the (not well commented) source code you can check it out on Github.

Can I use one of your photos?

Yes, absolutely. Art is long, life is short, I'd rather they get shared, used, and re-used than vanish into a digital junkyard of copyrighted, unusable content. In support of artistic freedom, all photos are released under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. This means you agree to attribute the author (me), but more importantly, you agree to release your derivative work or collective work under the same or compatible free license. You may NOT incorporate them into a freedom-denying "All Rights Reserved" work without explicit permission (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis).

If you intend to create a derivative work or use them for printed purposes, please be sure to download the highest-resolution original file by clicking on the download icon () at the upper left corner of any thumbnail.

I like that photo! What camera and lens did you use?

It doesn't matter. By the way, your home-made dessert was tasty! What brand of oven did you use?

In all seriousness, most of my lenses are 25-50 years old and many needed some hacking up in the machine shop. I don't own a single modern lens. No electronic lenses, no autofocusing lenses, none of that plastic nonsense they make these days which in my humble opinion only gets in the way of true photography. As much as I love technology, when it comes to art, I want no less than 100% manual control of everything. Photography is like music; would you appreciate a concert where the piano was auto-playing and auto-correcting?

Where are you from?

Nowhere. I never had a concept of "home town" or "home country", so the answer to this question is the null set. Feel free to visit my planet, though.