Hello and welcome to the new home of beakandlens.com! I initially created this site in April of 2023 to host my bird and wildlife photography using the open-source project called
Piwigo; and even though Piwigo worked, it didn’t work quite as well as I had hoped it would. Not only is it way too bloated for my use case, it also did not have a lot of functionality I needed, such as, for example, the ability to set custom pages (very important for even simple but legally required things such as an
Impressum). This meant that I was required to download extensions that added said functionality, but it never worked quite as I had hoped it would.
A few months later, in September 2023, I decided to rent a new VPS and cancel the old one. This meant that beakandlens.com would also have to move — a process which was a bit more convoluted in Piwigo than I had hoped it would be. This, in addition to the fact that I had been wanting to move my photos to a different platform, made me decide to ditch Piwigo and look for something else that was less bloated and allowed me to simply drag and drop my photos into a folder and have them be displayed on my website.
Unfortunately, however, actually finding something that did exactly what I wanted was very difficult. I did find a handful of very promising tools, such as foto (link to a GitHub repo) or moul (link to a GitHub repo). These, however, had other issue that made me not want to use them.
I, therefore, set out to make my own site by slightly adapting the CSS that I had already made for my other website, ancient-greek.net and by using Jekyll to make it a little easier.
And that is the current state of things. This website is still being worked on nearly daily and new things are being added constantly.