Polling Time: discartedblog vs. boywithgrenade

You may have noticed the significant changes on our blog recently. To explain, we thought it was time to make the site a little more visually appealing and original. From the very beginning we were never really fans of our standard WordPress K2-Lite template, and we especially had issues with the .wordpress hijacking our URL, but that’s what you get for free.

So along with these visual changes, we have also decided to finally change the name of the blog, which, we admit, is probably not the best thing to do after two years of posts. We’re guessing this may confuse some people, but hopefully most of you won’t having any trouble tracking us down. It’s only the internet—it’s not that big.

But here’s our dilemma: We’re not sure what to call ourselves.

Should we stick with what we know and use discartedblog? Or should we totally revamp the name and go with something new and exciting and take a chance on boywithgrenade?

Now I understand that this blog, my work and my real name (Shawn Nee) are all intertwined with the name discarted, however I’m not too concerned with that and would actually like to disconnect my documentary work and discarted from my involvement with the photographers’ rights campaign. They’re two completely different sides of my personality and that’s how I would like to keep them. I don’t want a potential employer to think that I’m some kind of troublemaker when I’m actually a very empathetic, devoted, trustworthy photographer when it comes to documenting the people I photograph.

So based on that reasoning, I’m in favor of boywithgrenade, which is an ode to the famous Diane Arbus photo. I think it’s a great name that will help symbolize what this site is about and the new direction that we’ll be heading in — which will be more emphasis on great photographers and their work (we will be accepting photo essay submissions), exhibits and more general topics concerning photography. We also plan to bring you more, expanded and compelling interviews with accomplished photographers and up-and-comers.

But don’t worry; we’re still going to cover photographers’ rights and continue to discuss the issues that photographers are facing today because we strongly believe that no one should be harassed, detained or arrested for perfectly legal behavior.

So, onto the future … what should it be: discartedblog or boywithgrenade?

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4 Responses to “Polling Time: discartedblog vs. boywithgrenade”


  1. 1 ToddlerWithAShutUp September 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    If you don’t want to sound like a radical, you’re doing a lousy job of it. Don’t call yourself anything with a gernade. That’s just stupid.

  2. 2 discarted September 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

    boywithgrenade has nothing to do with radicalism (what a stretch, linking troublemaker and radical as though they’re synonmous, jeez), but is rather an ode to the famous Diane Arbus image, which is called Child with Toy Hand Grenade or Angry Boy with Hand Grenade or Boy with Grenade. Depends on who you’re talking to. See google…

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=boy+with+grenade&aq=f&aqi=g1g-c1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    Anyway, it’s an iconic image and name that I think most people in the photographic community will understand its meaning if we choose to go with that name.

  3. 3 bj September 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I vote for boywithgrenage.
    Go with what YOU want.
    I will follow and update all my feeds and links.

    • 4 discarted September 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks BJ, much appreciated.


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