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  1. Further adventures in collecting (my first Brady image!)

    by , 02-06-2009 at 06:58 PM
    I was doing a little shopping online, and found an auction for a complete album of cartes de visite. The neatest things in the album are two photos of some old shops in Camden, New York, a soldier in a fancy uniform with feathered hat and saber, and a portrait from the Brady studio in New York. Some of the subjects are identified on the backs of the cards, most are anonymous. There's one cabinet card by an A.F. Hawes, of Taunton, Massachussetts - I wonder if he was any relation to the Hawes of Southworth ...
  2. More adventures in collecting

    by , 01-05-2009 at 10:22 AM
    Well, my vintage collection is growing, slowly but surely. This weekend I was outside of Philadelphia with my parents to go see the Barnes Collection and do a little antiquing. I found a nice little tintype not in a case or any other kind of mount, but it featured a young man in some kind of working outfit, outdoors on the stump of a tree. The unusual circumstance of the man sitting on the stump outdoors drew me to it, as the vast majority of tintypes show sitters in a studio, in a very formal circumstance ...
  3. Photo Exhibit reviews

    by , 01-05-2009 at 10:11 AM
    Over the New Year's holiday, I took some time on New Years' Day to indulge in an annual tradition I keep - spending a few hours touring exhibits at the Smithsonian. This year, I took in five different photography shows at the National Portrait Gallery - Portraits by Matthew Brady, The Photograph as Jewelry, The Mask of Lincoln, Women in Photographs, and a display of contemporary work in the collection.

    The Brady Portraits were fascinating - almost all of them were carte de visite ...
  4. A life without photography

    by , 11-10-2008 at 11:58 AM
    Every so often, I go through a phase of wondering what my life would be like without photography. Without the giant sucking sound coming from my wallet that represents the hobby, what would I do with the money and the time freed up? I could take more vacations, go to more interesting places I haven't been to yet, I could get more work done around the house, heck, I could probably afford a bigger house!

    I get this feeling periodically when I get frustrated with my progress or lack ...
  5. Smithsonian classes, part 2

    by , 10-30-2008 at 06:20 AM
    Interesting observation:

    In my night photography class, EVERYONE is shooting film. In my portrait class, all but myself and one other woman are shooting digital. I understand the desire on the part of the instructor to have folks shoot digital in the portrait class, for the instant feedback. What I find interesting about it though is the chimping that the students do that totally breaks up the workflow of the portrait session. I really wish I could bring in my studio camera monster, ...



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