Monday, April 30, 2018

Mike Hudak’s Camino Franc├ęs (Camino de Santiago) Photo Gallery A longtime good friend of mine, Mike Hudak, recently completed a web resource which may find quite interesting.

In 2013 Dr. Hudak walked the pilgrimage route known as the Camino Frances (aka Camino de Santiago) nearly 500 miles from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Unlike many Camino pilgrims, he did not maintain a blog as he walked, preferring instead to devote his time to socializing and sightseeing rather than writing. During 2015 to early 2016, he posted on Facebook a retrospective of his Camino experience with a highly selective assortment of captioned images. Then last summer, after photographing the Dale Chilhuly glasswork installation at the New York Botanical Garden, he was inspired to install a few of those images on his website (rather than just on Facebook). Upon finding no app (free or purchasable) that satisfied his display requirements, he wrote the web code from scratch. With his Chihuly images installed last August as a proof of concept, he returned to working on an environmental education project (and other issues) that occupied his time through the end of last year, but intending to eventually install his Camino images. Since this installation would be based on his Facebook retrospective, he had anticipated that the project could be completed within at most a few weeks.

However, as he began work in mid-January on the installation, he quickly discovered that he wanted to modify many aspects of his Facebook retrospective, specifically the editing of images and captions. In several cases, he wrote entirely new captions. Then as an educational aid, he linked many words in captions to external websites.

Because he had been working part-time since January 2018, he did not complete the project until just this past week. The scope and use of the installation are explained on its homepage:

Feel free to share this resource with others whom you know who could find this resource of interest, and pass along to them the above URL.
Pilgrim/photographer Mike Hudak on the Camino Frances at Col de Lepoeder, Spain.    
Contact info:
Mike Hudak, PhD, Director, Public Lands Project
38 Oliver Street
Binghamton, NY 13904-1542

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