Going Through Some Old Photos

I’ve been working on the CV section of the website lately.
When I started building my site 3 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing, and the result became a maintenance nightmare. Lately, I’ve been going through, and cleaning things up, and reorganising the pages.

The old format for the CV pages was the same as my main gallery: One image per page with forward and back buttons. This design is simple, but that’s not what the CV pages are for.

The CV pages are more-or-less unadvertised. They don’t appear in the main website header, and the links on my page are fairly discreet, with no underlines or colour to differentiate them from plain text. They do turn light grey when the mouse hovers over them, but that’s the only way you’d know the links are there.

It’s part of the overall design philosophy I have for this site. 90% of my traffic comes from casual users who want to check out what I do, then move on. That’s why I fixed up the gallery section a few months ago. Images are now 2 clicks away, not 3.

The remaining 10% of my traffic come back often. They click through pages, and spent more time looking at each page. I like to reward that kind of behaviour, so I have put in some little “Easter eggs” for them to find, like the CV pages.

But, the simple ‘one image per page’ design doesn’t quite feel right. I want these pages to feel more personal. So, I’ve been making them more like a scrap-book, or more like a blog.

I started showing in 2004, I’ve had many years to reflect on these early shows, see where they lead me, what I learned, what I did wrong. They were a great experience, and I see them very differently now than I did back then.

I’ve been writing up little blurbs for each page, sometimes I’m writing something for each image. It’s also reminding me of those old times, flooding my head with memories of times long gone. It’s a powerful experience that can’t be expressed through words very easily. Instead of making an attempt to do that, I would recommend dusting off an old shoebox and looking through some photos. Then you’ll know the feeling I’m trying to describe.

These pages are coming along, I just finished number eleven, (out of 39) It’s taking a very long time, but I think it will be worth it. It’s good to have a record of all my previous shows, to see what I was painting back then, who I was showing with. and for people who are interested in me as an artist, I think they might enjoy seeing where I came from. (I didn’t always paint these crazy cities!)

Fortunately, I am still in contact with the people in these photos. We still get together, and we still do new things. We haven’t started chatting about “the good old days” just yet, we’re still living them.

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Kyle Clements

Kyle Clements is a Toronto-based artist and nerd. During his thesis at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Kyle began working on his Urban Landscapes series, a body of work that aims to capture the energy and excitement of life in the fast-paced urban environment. After graduating from OCAD in 2006, Kyle spent a year living in Asia to gather source material and experience in a different kind or urban environment. His work is vibrant and colourful. Whether painting the harsh Northern landscape, or capturing the overwhelming buzz of life in the city, his acrylic paintings hover between representation and abstraction.

20 thoughts on “Going Through Some Old Photos”

  1. Sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner. My comment notifier must be broken 🙁

    I’m getting traffic from all over the world due to some blog love I recieved during the sppring of 2011.

    My project, “Take a Picture” kind of exploded on the internet, and it brought A LOT of international attention my way. It was a surreal experience.

  2. MANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yours is an especially BRILLIANT post! Thanks so much for witnrig it and particularly for helping to host the bloghop at your site! You’re the all-time best and I know others will benefit from taking a look at what you’re up to! Debbie Clement

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  19. Wow, I think that is all I can say because I can't even close my mouth, I think I am drawing flies! Your space is amazing, I could stare at it all day. No wonder it is your most favorite place to be!Megan

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