Written by Staff Writer
Ian Frazier’s work focuses on global photography, conservation, and history. He is an active member of the Harvard University Natural History Museum, the New York Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and American Express. Frazier lives in New Hampshire. He recently saw a photograph of a vast outhouse on the grounds of the old Williston County jail in Minnesota. Wishing Somebody Would Write About it, which was developed by communications startup 500px, showed how much exploration and discovery happens every day in our digital and physical lives.
I know “Wishing Somebody Would Write About It” can sound like it comes from the vernacular, but to me it says what people really want to know: What happens in our real life lives when we’re not enjoying the usual digital way of telling our life story? Who are you, what are you interested in, what hobbies are you passionate about, where do you work, and what is the most important relationship in your life? When I was a kid I always wanted to write a book about the way I liked to spend my time. For some reason, I never got around to it. When I was 12, I bought a copy of Paddy Chayefsky’s classic film “Network.” At the time I did not see “Network” for more than 15 years. But even if I did not know about the movie, I would have read it anyway. But on this particular day, a friend told me that he liked that part of the film when Peter Finch ended up calling the news a “relic of a bygone age.” That made all the difference.