Blog Note: Photo History

For the past several months I have been in a creative slump/ditch/dump; I only look at my cameras (clean them periodically to be ready, immediately, when the creative flash occurs,) I read photo blogs and wonder what can possibly excite me in the face of Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, and’s millions and billions of images? Oh I know, I know, pick up the camera, press the shutter, change the angle, change the idea, its work not serendipity.
This morning I found a reason for optimism. I picked up Photographers On photography, 1966, edited by Nathan Lyons; and read from a piece by Alfred Stieglitz, entitled THE HAND CAMERA- ITS PRESENT IMPORTANCE from The American Annual of Photography, 1897.
“Photography as a fad is well nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze. Those seriously interested in its advancement do look upon this state of affairs as a misfortune, but as a disguised blessing, inasmuch as photography had been classified as a sport by nearly all of those who deserted its ranks and fled to the present idol, the bicycle. The only people who look upon this turn of affairs as entirely unwelcome are those engaged in manufacturing and selling photographic goods. It was, undoubtedly, due to the hand camera that photography became so generally popular a few years ago. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry could, without trouble,  learn how to get something or other on a sensitive plate, and this is what the public wanted – no work and lots of fun. Thanks to the efforts of these persons hand camera and bad work became synonymous. The climax was reached when an enterprising firm flooded the market with a very ingenious hand camera and the announcement, ‘You press the button, and we do the rest.’ This was the beginning of the “photographing-by-the-yard” era, and the ranks of enthusiastic Button Pressers were enlarged to enormous dimensions. The hand camera ruled supreme.”
The article goes on to extol the “champions of the tripod,” but also to conclude that the hand camera is indeed an instrument of choice for those adapting it to “serious work” with the caveat that the one quality absolutely necessary for success – patience!
So, while I’m patiently waiting, my ever-present model reclines nearby:

Guess Where I Was…?

and many of you probably know, (and if not, you can contact me on the side, I’ll share.)  I only saw this for a moment, I stopped, and clicked. Most of you might have too, beautiful sky and famous white art, why not?

But just so it’s fun I’ll send a 5×5 print to the first five right answers, (send an address.)

[Disclaimer: of course, any of those participating in the 2017 Levine Thanksgiving Repast are not eligible for this promotion.]


…and then I grew up

and made a lot of money, but not much happened for me or anyone else. I guess that’s the way it is.


Last Summer, remember

when the sun fell out of the cloud.



This is Zeppo the newest member of our family and a novice Zen master. He arrived about four and a half months ago at the age of three months and is now nearly 8 months; quite well behaved (some days,) but not nearly perfected. We’ll all go to school the week after next to make sure that perfect happens. Zeppo is part Border Collie, his maternal side; the other side is a deep unknown, perhaps a digger and car chaser.


Today we were at the dog park, and Zeppo met a cousin about his age. Wow! Scary!


But being the Zen master he is, change is inevitable.


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