About: awalkaday.art Photography Collection

Consider the description of this photo series as a work in progress since May 2021.
The artist improves this digital project in his leisure time at the speed of a tortoise.
Check the public history of changes on GitHub.com [Last modified: 30 January 2024].

Introduction to the Photo Series

Welcome to awalkaday.art, a curated collection of 263 photographs created by Chris-Armel (daqhris) and published on the Ethereum blockchain since February 2023.
This ongoing body of work captures the enchanting beauty and diverse landscapes of various Belgian regions through a captivating series of monochrome photographs.
Each photograph is assigned a unique identification token on the blockchain, guaranteeing its authenticity, verifiability, and accessibility to collectors with a digital wallet.

Beyond Pixels: A Stroll into Nature's Canvas

Embark on a visual journey with awalkaday.art, where the mission transcends pixels to ignite a passion for the great outdoors. More than just a visual spectacle, this collection is a call to embrace the rejuvenating power of nature, urging everyone to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, be captivated by the surroundings and cultivate well-being through the simplicity of regular walks, whether short or long.

In an age of rapid urbanisation, many people feel disconnected from their local environment and lack the inspiration to explore unfamiliar landscapes. The art of walking, one of the least tiring yet most rewarding physical activities, remains overlooked by most.

Awakened by the lens of Chris-Armel, awalkaday.art is not just a digital gallery; it is a testament to his passion for photography and a channel for sharing his creative skills globally. The web gallery and Ethereum-based smart contract are seamlessly aligned in branding and visual identity, ensuring effortless navigation for all who wish to discover and engage with this digital travelogue.

Chronicles of Creation: Navigating the Milestones

Let's dive into the pivotal moments that have shaped my artistic journey - an odyssey navigated in solitude that gave birth to 'awalkaday.art'. Each milestone not only marks a significant achievement, but also weaves another chapter into the evolving narrative of this distinctive artistic endeavour. Join me as we explore the turning points, triumphs and transformative experiences that have shaped the nature of awalkaday.art.

The awalkaday.art collection has continued to evolve since it began. Over the years, the artist has:

The journey began with the first photograph posted on Instagram by @walk.day on 19 July 2017.
The Internet domain name awalkaday.art was officially registered on May 5, 2021.
A Twitter/X account, @awalkadayart, was launched in November 2021 to share updates with a live and international audience.
A meaningful milestone unfolded when selected photographs graced the virtual walls of the MONOLITH Gallery in Sellen Hall on 8 July 2022.

The blockchain publication of the collection was achieved with the creation of an eponymous smart contract on 07 August 2022.
This was followed by the registration of awalkaday.art as an Ethereum Name Domain (ENS) on 17 September 2022.
The first batch of WALK tokens was minted on Ethereum by daqhris.eth on 14 February 2023, marking a significant moment in the on-chain history of 'awalkaday.art'.

Artwork Creation

The collection focuses on Belgian locations and features a variety of subjects including landscapes, architecture, and wildlife. The photographs are taken at any time of day, during walks or strolls through the streets and alleys of Belgium.

Photos are captured and edited using software applications installed on a smartphone. The low-cost smartphone, developed by a Finnish company, is equipped with two rear cameras, including a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, which can produce decent details in well-lit conditions. The camera has basic features that balance highlights and shadows in photos, and help with scene recognition and optimization, but these are limited by mediocre sensors.

Content Distribution

The collection's photographs are shared on Twitter where the artist, tweeting through @awalkadayart, connects with a diverse audience and builds relationships with fellow artists and collectors.

The 'awalkaday' photographs were firstly posted on Instagram (by @walk.day), then uploaded to the web gallery (https://awalkaday.art), and finally minted as ERC-721 non-fungible tokens on the Ethereum blockchain.

Since it is a collection published on the Ethereum blockchain, digital artworks can be publicly verified, collected, and exchanged.
The smart contract address is 0xE31801C2E58b151C3deD2cB29dA56147b7f27eB1.

The web gallery's source code is hosted on GitHub, where all changes can be tracked and audited.
The public code repository contains all historical commits starting from day one of the project: https://github.com/awalkaday.

Artist Profile

Chris-Armel is the photographer and software developer of the awalkaday.art photography collection. He is a Burundi-born visual artist who currently lives in Belgium.

It was in the very early days of Instagram (circa 2013) that Chris began to learn photography as a self-taught artist. At the time, he was a computer science student in Beijing, China. His unique style combines both traditional photography techniques and digital editing tools. The result is captivating photographs that highlight the natural charm of the Belgian landscape.

Through digital photography, Chris-Armel aims to raise awareness about living a healthy and active lifestyle. In addition, he creatively uses his photographic skills to document a journey of living in a country of refuge after being persecuted by the authorities of his native country and their Chinese counterparts.

In the summer of 2017, while living in a Red Cross camp for asylum seekers in Namur, Belgium, Chris found a way to combat prolonged boredom and physical inactivity through a burst of creativity aimed at combining his skills in monochrome photography, visual design, and software coding.

However, after one year of regular social media posts, the project was paused due to the loss of electronic equipment. Three years afterward, in the year 2021, the 'awalkaday' project was relaunched and became a part-time creative endeavor. To learn more, you may view his full bio online at daqhris.com/about.

To get in touch

Thank you for your time and interest in this series of photographs.
If you have any questions or comments about the collection, please don't hesitate to contact the artist.

Anyone interested can tweet @awalkadayart or send an email to [email protected].