Goin’ Back

A little experiment. I’ll come back to this below the slideshow.

Grand plans and all of that.

I should know better. I should have learned using WordPress. I should have listened to them when they asked me, “Do you want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” Or, to Mike Tyson who said, “You can make all the plans that you want, but the first time you get punched in the face you forget them all.”

Let me set the scene.

I’ve been searching for a more contemporary color palette. I think what you are looking at might be it. But, I’m not sure. I’m used to working in bright color. This ain’t that.

I reworked a bunch of pictures and selected five for you to review.

They are muted. A little ethereal. Abstract in some way.

That’s my thinking anyway.

Along comes WordPress.

WordPress comes with the block system. Remember how I used to make those nice little groupings of multiple pictures back when there wasn’t a block system?

No more.

If you use the block system’s very own templates you can build some of the ugliest groupings of pictures ever. I thought that I could just use the single image template and stack one picture after another. Oh no. There is such a big gap between pictures that the design looked — in a word — stupid.


I tried this little interactive slideshow. It’s not what I wanted, but it works well enough. Well enough. That seems to be one of the marching words in the digital age.

Once when I made pictures on assignment the client got what they wanted. Now, the client uses something like Google Images to find a picture that is “good enough.”


Is this our lives now?

I have the money and I wanted a Porsche, but I bought a Fiat. It’s good enough. I needed a brain surgeon, but I used a orthopedist. It’s good enough. I wanted a taco, but I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It’s good enough. I wanted to be buried next to my family, but I was cremated and the ashes were tossed in a dumpster. It’s good enough.

All I want to know is why can’t I design my own page on WordPress?

Forget all of that.

What do you think about the most important section of this post? The pictures? Do you like their style? Do you like the color palette? Should I go soak my head? I’ve gone on enough about the pictures.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay mighty. Wear your damn masks. Enjoy every taco.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

2 thoughts on “Goin’ Back

  1. I do like the photos – a lot!!! And I agree about the design choices. I hate how the Reader, which probably many of my readers use, doesn’t show captions as captions, and adds random spaces in galleries making the posts look crazy. And I noticed ads have appeared in between my blog posts’ text when you look at the browser version, so that’s not good either… and the font color just changed by itself on my blog, too, and I can’t change it back.. and the dashboard permanently became “night colored” and I can’t change that either……. it doesn’t make me want to upgrade to a paid blog because how could I trust it to work any better?! 🙂 Rant over! Anyway, I do like the photos.

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    1. I have the paid blog. It’s no better. I rarely use the Reader so I don’t know. I can’t speak to most of your issues, but if you are using text, there is a place on the right side panel where you can change the color of the type. The rest, as I said in tomorrow’s post is stupid.

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