About Photojunkie

About Rannie


Photojunkie is blog/photo site that has been online in one form or another since September 2000. In the last little while I have been juggling ideas about what kind of content I wanted to have on this site. I also got to a point where I wanted to do something more relevant as opposed to something random. So I decided to rebuild from the ground up to create a site that allowed me to write and shoot and share in a way where I could be as verbose or sparse as I wanted to be. Hopeful this will be the right balance so people can still enjoy my images as well as any information I may present.

History of Photojunkie

Over the years, photojunkie has been a number of different things found at various urls. The site originally started as a blog in the autumn of 2000 with the long and tedious name “Daily Babble from a photojunkie”. It was an easy way for me to keep in contact with long distance friends, so they could keep up with my daily activities. The site was originally run off of blogger.com which made the jump in blogging quick and simple. Back in those days, Jack Saturn was one of my blogging gods.

It didn’t take long for me to fall into the fold and discover the diverse world of blogging. One of my early memories was dicoveringMichael Cosentino’s site BrooklynKid.com. Those NYC folk were definitely ahead of the game when it came to the concept of photoblogging. It was even called photoblogging back then. It was just something people with digital cameras did.

Although, I still wrote about things happening in my life, writing and linking about other bloggers quickly became a part of the norm on the site. Of course, I quickly figured out that there were a bunch of other folks, like James McNally who were doing the same thing in Toronto and started up my own portal listing off other bloggers in the Toronto area. This later evolved into gtabloggers.com which is now the online directory and blog of Toronto bloggers.

There was quite a blur and flurry of activity between 2001 and 2003. There were so many things happening, 911 changed the way we blogged. I became more involved in the various communities, and then I started writing more specifically about photography. My circle grew as I got involved in various meme’s and other online projects such as the Mirror Project (check out my curated gallery) and crazy online games like Blogwhore. By this point, gtabloggers.com was growing at a decent pace, I had moved my site to Movable Type and Christine had purchased me photojunkie.org as a birthday gift. My presence definitely grew in this period and “blog” was definitely a hot topic in the media.

In March of 2003, I attended my very first SXSW Interactive conference in Austin Texas, with the help of various blogger folk who helped sponsor and “Send a Kid to Camp”. Basically I financed a good protion of the trip through donations from some very cool blog folk. In return I provided portrait photo sessions. It was an amazing trip and I got to meet a couple of my web heros, such asHeather Champ and Ernie Hsiung. To top it off I ended up winning the 2003 Bloggie for Best Canadian Blog.

Shortly after, the site went through a couple design and content changes, a url change or two and then became a photoblog. Through the latter part of 2003 to the early part of 2005, my site was mainly a photoblog. It was well visited and recognized and garnered another Bloggie for Best Canadian Blog in 2005. Shortly after a media blitz, and taking a part of a group exhibition, PUBLICity, I put the site into Hiatus in April 2005.


A list of notable links where you can find my presence online over the years.

In Transit Spacing Exhibit [January 2006 to February 2006]
2005 Canadian Blog Awards : Placed second in the Best Photoblog category.
The Desktop Flâneur : Eye Weekly [August 4th, 2005]
Photojunkie Ferris Wheel : rooks.ca [July 21st, 2005]
Guest Photoblogger : Digital Apoptosis [July 15th, 2005]
TOist Unviels Tech Tune-Up : Photoblogging TO : Torontoist [July 6th, 2005]
Trains : Utata.org
Podcast.toronto.com : Toronto.com [May 2005 to current]
Tall Poppy Interview : Torontoist [March 21st, 2005]
PUBLICity : Spacing Exhibit [March 2005 – April 2005]
No Junk in His Trunk : Torontoist [March 15th 2005]
Best Canadian Blog : 2005 Bloggies [March 2005]
Attack of the pro-blogs : Eye Magazine [March 17th, 2005]
Best of the Unmentioned : Eye Weekly [January 6th 2005]
Top 10 Blogs : Now Magazine [December 23rd, 2005]
Guildwood : 28mm Issue 14 [October 2004]
Issue 1 : 12 Months of Nightmares
Hipster Hellspawn Tour : No Media Kings [August 23rd 2004]
Scarborough Bluffs : Daily Dose of Imagery [May 24th 2004]
What’s the Big Idea? : 20×2 [March 2004]
Point, Shoot, and Post : CBC Radio 3 Issue 2.27, [March 12 2004]
Fray Cafe 4 : Photo Gallery : Fray [March 2004]
In the Spotlight : 28mm Issue 11 [December 2003]
New York City Escapes : 28mm Issue 9 [August 2003]
The HOLGA velcro mod : Toycamera.com
New York, New York : Inkblots [Summer 2003]
Bike Nation : 28mm Issue 7 [June 2003]
High-Tech News Delivery With A Personal Edge : CAJ Conference [May 2003]
Best Canadian Blog : 2003 Bloggies [March 2003]
Between The Earth and Sky : 28mm Issue 4 [March 2003]
Online Diary: Blogs as Photo Albums : New York Times [February 27th, 2003]
Daily Pick – Coolstop [September 4th, 2002]
Trains, Planes and Automobiles : The Mirror Project – Curated Gallery
Emm Gryner- Covers Girl : Access Magazine [December 2001-January 2002]
Disco Lights, 80’s Rock and Mochaccinos : Indievoice [September 2001]
C’est Cheeze? : Indievoice [February 2001]

Copyright and Usage

All photography and content is owned and copyright of Rannie Turingan. Commercial use of my photography is prohibited without prior consent. If you are using an image for non-commercial on the web, this is cool as long as you include credit to me which would include my name “Rannie Turingan” along with a link back to this site “http://www.photojunkie.ca” If you do plan on using my images on your site, I would also appreciate it if you contacted me regarding your usage. Thanks

The following is NOT permitted

  • – Using my bandwidth to display images. If you do use any of my images as noted above, please save the image on your own server.
  • – Posting of any of my images, without proper credits. That’s still stealing.
  • – Posting of images as your own. A few people have done this to me in the past. In all cases, I have had them shut down. So don’t even think about it.
  • – Selling any of my images to a third party.
  • – Using and modifying my images for use on your own project. This as well is a no-no even if the final product is different from my original.

If you would like to use my photos for commercial use or for any other publication or usage, please feel free to contact me at photojunkie@gmail.com

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