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About 關於

Synapticism is an old-fashioned personal blog and digital scrapbook designed to reflect my wide range of interests and experiences. I am Alexander Synaptic, a photographer, developer, and designer, among other things. For the last few years I have been following a vaguely minimalist lifestyle, eschewing physical possessions and a fixed location for travel and living abroad while working on a wide variety of creative projects (including this blog). Nowadays I spend most of my time in Taiwan 台灣 where I am an avid urban explorer, cyclist, and student of local history and culture, though I also share content from elsewhere. If you’re interested in what I’m up to right now browse over here for some insight.

Blogging

This blog began as an attempt to break out of the sanitized monotony of mainstream social networks and create something of my own on the web. Now that I’ve been at it a few years I would describe my blog in general terms as “an experiential journal of synchronicity and connection”. What I share here is an expression of my insatiable curiosity and adventurous spirit, a living record of what I’m learning about the world.

As a creature of new media I am interested in blogging as an end unto itself. I have no professional aspirations as a blogger nor do I intend to monetize my work through advertisements or sponsored posts. Critical engagement is appreciated, of course, but I am not publishing anything solely in pursuit of traffic or whatever. I sometimes joke around that this blog is one of the things I do instead of watching television of playing video games but that’s really not far from the truth!

If you’re new around here I suggest browsing the highlights or sampling any of these representative articles and photo essays:

Photography

I am endlessly fascinated by the secret lives of inanimate objects, the eerie solemnity of abandoned places, the desolate beauty of manufactured landscapes, and the wonders of remote and otherworldly locales. I am drawn to the visual rhythm of grit, grime, and decay and inspired by the majestic works of nature. I am especially interested in the juxtaposition and intersection of organic and artificial forms, particularly those realms where nature is busily reclaiming manmade structures and objects. Most of all I am intent on exposing the hidden stories and forgotten fables all around us, no matter how inconsequential.

Most of my work is documentarian more than it is fine art of any kind, though I enjoy dabbling in conceptual and abstract domains now and then. Recently I have been much more direct, methodical, and unpretentious in my approach to photography. In an age of perpetual and ubiquitous image production I derive some amount of satisfaction from paying attention to what is ordinarily beneath notice.

Development

In my professional life I am a web developer working with JavaScript, WordPress, PHP, and various front-end frameworks. The theme and several of the plugins used on this site are my own. Some of this work is open source and available from GitHub—but if you’re interested in reproducing any content (photos and text) you find here on this blog please be sure to read my terms of use. I am occasionally available for hire when the price is right and the work plays to my strengths.

Music

I also work with music as a digital distributor, record label owner, and occasional DJ (but not for a living or anything). If you’re curious have a look at my Creative Commons music portal or many house and techno or psytrance and downtempo mixes.

Connect

I welcome contact from friends, family, and strangers alike. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss—freelance work, licensing, creative collaboration, or anything else—please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to respond!

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, GitHub, and occasionally Flickr.