already aware of the power of the internet, in May of the
year 2000, having given up my job of the past 30 years,
I thought it would be a good idea to give the town of Ross-on-Wye
a presence on the world wide web - to put the town on the
world map. Hardly anybody in Ross had a computer at that
time, let alone access to the internet but the internet
was already popular in most major countries of the world
and around the cities of the UK. I don't know why Ross was
so behind but it was, and nobody believed in what I was
trying to do - especially Ross Tourist Information Centre.
I went ahead and did it anyway though, knowing that one
day, the penny would drop locally that the internet was
the place virtually everybody would look when booking a
holiday or weekend break.
May to December, I photographed the town. I was a lousy
photographer, learning what has since become the thing I
am best known for. I spent months walking around the town,
taking pictures, rejecting them and thinking how to improve
them before taking them again. I soon twigged that it was
sunlight which made all the difference. My camera at the
time was one of the very first digital cameras, a Kodak,
which I still have. By the end of the photographic exercise,
it was quite literally held together with elastic bands,
from where I dropped it so many times.
built up the website in between taking the photos - completely
from scratch, designing and coding then, what is still the
basic layout of 'Wyenot' to this day. On December the 18th,
I purchased the domain name 'wyenot.com' plus some web server
space and uploaded it. I officially launched the website
on 2nd January 2001 by sitting at home, drinking a cup of
tea and saying to Tina, 'Bugger me! Somebody just emailed
me from America about Wyenot,' and the rest is history.
film below shows the better photos I took in the year 2000.
Sorry, I forgot to include the carnival pictures but they
are still on Wyenot in the archives. The film also includes
video footage of the nasty flood in December of that year.
It can be watched full screen in 720p definition and I will
cover the rest of the decade over the coming weeks. I hope
you enjoy watching.