Italy 2004 #2

As the gray of winter continues we here in the Pacific Northwest spend time daydreaming about travel to other climes and cultures.  This week I have been reminiscing about one past trip to Italy and decided to share more of my “While Traveling” series.  We adventurously took a poorly marked…

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Water

  Grand Coulee Farm Grand Coulee Dam (below) and the Columbia Basin Project were designed to provide irrigation for 1,100,000 acres.  Phase 1 irrigates about 670,000 acres, the other 400,000 acres of phase 2 have never received their water and constitute the ‘hardscrabble’ wheat country I have been documenting in…

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Titles

  I have always had trouble inventing good titles for my work. My good friend and future guest blogger Rob Prout and I talked about this recently. It is easy enough when doing portraits. It seems to me that portraits are reasonably well served with the individual’s name: ‘Hortense’ or…

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Trees 3

“The trees were large and august and faithful”  Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone I recently assembled a series of tree photos into a book that was printed by Moleskin + Milk.  One advantage is that they include a digital copy and you can see my book by copying and pasting  http://moleskine.milkbooks.com/flip-book/default.aspx?ProjectId=13077ca4-eca9-4864-a052-7a569a14b04b&OId=313009&OLId=1622134.  Moleskin + Milk has…

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Holga 2

Holga cameras are great for travel. They are light and there are few decisions to make since you have few options.  You can be instantly creative, and, except for sentimental reasons, you are out very little if they are lost or stolen since they are made of plastic.  You can…

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Good Bye Holga

It is a sad time. One more of our analog photographic tools is gone.  Freestyle Photo – the sole U.S. importer – has recently announced that there will be no more Holgas  The Chinese company that made these inexpensive cameras has closed.  Holgas are all plastic including the lens, have…

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Photogram 1

Photograms or Rayograms as they are sometimes called, have been around since not long after photography was invented.  No camera is involved with photograms.  Rather an object(s) is placed on a piece of light sensitive paper and then exposed to light.  If normal photographic paper (i.e. negative paper) is used…

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Long Things/ Tall Things

  As you may have seen on my website (skipsmithphotography.com), I have tried several different paths with my photography, exploring a variety of techniques and ways of looking.   A very accomplished photographer, Mark Vercammen, shared some of his in camera sequences that I found fascinating. They certainly got me to look at…

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Family Album 3

As the stories in my Family Album series presented themselves to me they sparked my curiosity and I started searching out information, things that I did not invent but found through various references. Those bits of interest are presented in packets (used envelopes) alongside the relevant photo and story. Today…

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Family Album 2

While I was working on the Family Album project the child in me was reactivated, which is a frequent occurrence in the elderly I am told. It was if I was playing with my action figures or dolls or imaginary friends.  The more that I gathered photographs and assembled stories…

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