This is a friend of mine Louis Porter. He likes finding things. I do too! In the past few days I have, whilst walking or riding my bicycle, a pouch of smoking tobacco, a pair of headphones, $40 in cash, and 4 beer tickets to a local micro-brewing festival. And I also won 2 tickets to the Melbourne Queer Film Festival yesterday. Life is good. I feel lucky! “Patterns develop…”
I couldn’t decide which of these wonderful images to post this week, so lucky you: double image post today. The above comes from the Frances Benjamin Johnson Collection, part of the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division. We may have a while to go until Easter, but I thought you might want to start planning how best to employ your time on that joyous day–and to see what kind of bonnet looks most fetching if your activities happen to include jumping rope. If you’re feeling more stately, take a look at the varieties of bonnet featured below in a photograph taken during the Easter parade on 5th Ave in 1910s NYC. Three cheers for Easter bonnets (and Irving Berlin)!
In honor of this past weekend’s U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey’s Season 3, this week’s image is an ambrotype from the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections depicting a woman dressed as a housekeeper. On the other half of the frame, we see the fence and gate to a large house – perhaps the very one of her employment?
Does anyone have any thoughts on the role of photo sharing websites (including Picasa) during political events (such as Egypt, Quebec Student Strike, etc)?
I have thought about this for Twitter & even Instagram, as they are easily accessed on the mobile & built for real-time updating, sharing & hashtagging. Yet, Picasa offers long term organizing and managment and retireval of images, but is it used as much?
Would love some thoughts and/or links.
I am working on a list of resources for a colleague who seeks projects, resources, and theory engaging Augmented Reality + Photography + Gaming. He is specifically interested in online gaming that uses photography. I thought we might mobilize the (brilliantly savvy) HASTAC community for a bit of crowd-sourced feedback to expand the list. Please contribute!
My list begins here, with an overview of Augmented Reality + Photography resources.
After hearing an NPR interview on Columbus Day with Timothy Egan, author of Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, I decided to share a particularly striking example of Curtis’ work. Curtis’ portraits, taken at the beginning of the twentieth century, document and commemorate the lives and cultures of indigenous Americans. This photograph, one of thousands taken for Curtis’ 1905 collection The North American Indian, shows a Hupa fisherman standing in the Trinity River of northwest California. NINES has access to the entire Curtis Collection, courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. To hear the short Egan interview, click here.
These fabulous children are using box cameras, first developed in the nineteenth century. The image comes from the Frances Benjamin Johnston collection, part of the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. You can search for more images in the Library of Congress’s collections via NINES!