Here at wisepics, we are always looking for new ways to share these treasured photographic memories.
The new feature is called, “InfoBox” and we’ll aim to include one with each photograph.
Here’s an example:
Let’s unpack what we are trying to illustrate here
Every photograph can be analyzed to have basic informational components of When? Who? Where? What/Why?
The symbols to the left represent these components:
With each, we are trying to express what most pertinent known info we have and the confidence of this information.
For When (the calendar), we state a “working” date. Sometimes this is known and exact, as it represents a well known event or happening. Other times, this is a guess based on whatever available clues are recognized. Sometimes there is an educated “narrowing down” to within a small range of dates. So we simply express a “working” date with a +/- interval of confidence.
For Who (the people circle puzzle) — we try to identify the number of pertinent individuals in the photograph, and specify how many of them are known. By “pertinent”, we are excluding “incidentals” — as an example, the random background folks in your Disney World pose in front of the castle.
For Where (the globe), we are trying to narrow down the location of the photograph. When very precise, this will carry a “GPS” designation, as locations are now most specifically documented by their latitude and longitude GPS coordinates. Plug those into an internet-based map tool like google maps and you have the location mapped. 40°55’09.9″N 82°06’03.7″W for example, is where I rested my mind and body for the first 12 years of my life.
For What/Why (the fireworks), we are trying to indicate what purpose or objective or circumstance the photo is illustrating. Is it an event or gathering or party or holiday or a studio portrait, or a school pose, or a playful candid of backyard hijinks?
Rating the accuracy
Next, on the right of each graphic, we have a column of stoplights with the familiar, green/yellow/red designation. This is to assign the “accuracy” of each piece of information. I’ve worked to construct a “rule guide” for how these levels are assigned. What follows is a table describing the criteria for each:
Current Table of Rules
As people are able to contribute any comments or knowledge about any of these photos, we can upgrade the accuracy lights progressively from red to yellow to green.
I will certainly make errors in the data and interpretations that are presented, and I warmly welcome your corrections and feedback.