Hello World Again! I'm Back Online…

Hello world! After a loooooong break in my online presence, I’m glad to announce that I’m back!

Better than ever, with a new wealth of knowledge, fresh pictures and last but not least, a brand new website!!!!

The portfolio has gotten totally awesomely reworked, with quite a few unedited stuff and with images some of you may know. The Photoshelter integration will be working better than ever for the online Image Archive so you clients out there can search, browse and purchase images easily without ever leaving my website!

I’ve posted a selection of some legacy news/posts from my former website in the blog and a lot of new stuff is coming. There is a brand new projects section, debuting with a worth seeing experimental movie shot with still images and I still have some tricks that will be making their way into the website in the coming months.

I’m so happy and relieved to have finished this! I’m a humble photographer with no prior web-design or programing knowledge and I built this whole new website practically from scratch… On the other hand, I could never had done this alone. I had to learn a lot of hardcore new stuff to get it live and I can’t be thankful enough to all the people involved, most of whom I never met and many I can’t even name because their help just came out as some useful info in a google search…

I know it’s tedious, read it if you will but I really must say special thanks to some folks:

  • First of all, to all the people behind developing WordPress (which powers this website). I can’t be thankful enough to all the work, effort, time and passion you’ve put into building and documenting the greatest web publishing platform ever!

  • To the guys that developed the Thematic Theme Framework, on top of which this website was built, specially Ian Stewart who invented it and Chris Goßmann for his invaluable patience and help over the ThemeShaper Forums. You guys rock!

  • To Alex Rababe that develops and maintains the awesome NextGEN Gallery Plugin that powers the backend of my portfolio photo galleries. Your work is great!

  • To Andy, who developed the jQuery AD Gallery Plugin, which I stumbled upon on the latest phase of development and which solved most of my photo gallery’s nightmares. He’s the guy responsible for the portfolio galleries being so fast, easy and useful.

  • To everyone behind developing jQuery, you got me thunderstruck showing me it’s a bright new world out there for web development without flash.

  • To the guys who develop Photoshelter, the great online-photo-archive platform that powers my image archive. Keep up the great work!

  • To the developers of Typekit that are finally bringing some true, decent, beautiful and usable fonts to web publishing.

  • To a lot of other people who I swear, I’ll try to mention on a post dedicated to how I built this website from scratch.

  • And last but not least, to my girlfriend Lourdes who is always so supportive, patient and helpful, browsing through thousands of pictures and standing by me even when I’m away autistically reading or talking some nonsense about how great wordpress really is, or about that “particularly wonderful piece of code snippet” or even about the wonders of ¿jQuery? (what the hell is that anyway?), she even gets exited with me and rejoices although she probably has no clue what I’m talking about… Te quiero!

Most of the people I mention above, share their work, knowledge and wealth on the internet for free and anyone intrepid enough is able to build a beautiful website like this from scratch without spending a single penny or maybe just a couple of bucks in a book…

I can’t say how thankful I am for all of you and it’s making me rethink my whole work and the way I deal with photography and image licensing. I might come out with something different soon, who knows?…

So now, I declare it official. This website is finally launched!

2 thoughts on “Hello World Again! I'm Back Online…

  1. Theo, I am so impressed that you built this website on your own; it’s beautiful. Sure you had the help of a lot of people but I know from experience that you yourself have to have a lot of fortitude and vision to actually make it happen. Well done!

    • Hey Sabrina, thank you! It was a lot of work indeed and I really had to focus almost all my spare time in it… I’ll be coming up with a post on how I did it soon enough 🙂

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