But is it Art? (Part I)

But is it Art? (Part I)

A while ago I was saying that I wanted to go back and read the early writings about photography in my search for art. I’d become aware that the questions about the relationship between photography and art go all the way back to the very beginnings of our craft....
A Simple Brownie Hawkeye Lens

A Simple Brownie Hawkeye Lens

I have written before about my love of the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera. It is a beautiful thing from a simple design point of view and it was a perfect snapshot camera considering the technology of the times, the 1950’s. The lens is a simple one piece meniscus....
Seeing Old Pictures Anew

Seeing Old Pictures Anew

The Spirit of PhotographyAnne W. Brigman (c. 1905) I am always amazed at how much I don’t know.  I mean that you would think by now I had a good grasp of what I should know. And yet I am continually surprised when I come across something that is new to me in an area...
An Unfortunate Event

An Unfortunate Event

The “Four Maidens with Water Jugs” was my principal subject for the morning. This is a delightful fountain sculpture and I have never felt I had done it justice. I’m still not happy but this is better. It is no secret that I like to take pictures. It...
Books will Do That

Books will Do That

I bought a book the other day and, as books will do, it got me to thinking. I shouldn’t buy books. No, no that is not the thought. I got to thinking that I don’t really know what I’m talking about. At my age that is a rather discouraging discovery. But this is what...