Ian Singleton


Posted in Boddd by iansingleton on January 22, 2010

Like everybody else and every business and organisation I can think of, In my life I’ve accumulated a lot of paperwork.

One of my regular jobs was for a publishing company to produce a preview of that year’s upcoming titles. For the first couple of years I shot all of the covers using a rostrum camera. And then one year I used a bit of the rostrum camera hire fee and bought a scanner.

When the job was over, I started to scan things. As I write this, the number of scans has reached almost 21,000.

People react to this story, generally, in one of three ways:

“You’re mad! Spending all that time doing this!” I timed myself last week. I spent 43 minutes on scanning.

“What if your computer crashes? You’ll lose the lot!” All the material is backed up. To three different online backup facilities; to five different portable hard drives; to a USB pen drive; to four different computers.

“How can you ever find anything?” In many ways, this is the most interesting question. And it’s what this project is really all about.


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