June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
I found this dress in my parents’ house. This note, which is pinned to it, is in my mother’s handwriting.
“My great-grandmother, Lucy A. Johnson Wilkins (1816-1893), had this brown dress. She lived in Weston, Vermont, in the white house opposite the present library. A painting on the wall of the Weston Historical Society’s living room shows the house, built by and for Matthew Wilkins.
“My mother, Marion Chapin Wilkins, wore it for the Klondike Ball in Bridgton, Maine, ca. 1948 and again at the Bridgton Bicentennial in 1968. ”
–Dorothy Chapin Wilkins Sanborn, May 6, 1980
Photographed with an Olympus E-PL1 and a Lens Baby Composer.
June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
As a photographer, I’m always thinking about dark and light. There’s no better time than the solstice–summer or winter–to think about how they intertwine with each other in our seasons, our lives, and our photographs. It’s summer now, and the light in this part of the world is at its greatest strength. But the darkness is also here, mixed in and waiting its turn.
June 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
I spent most of the evening watching “Funny Face (see yesterday’s post), but wanted to take at least a few pictures before the end of the day. Fortunately, there were flowers around the house.
Taken with an Olympus E-PL1 and a Lens Baby Composer.
June 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’ve been looking at photographs from three or four years ago and find that many of the ones I like were taken with a Panasonic LZ3 that I bought for cheap in 2007 at one of the office warehouse stores. Although it got good reviews when it came out, it certainly has never been among the industry-leading hot cameras. But there was something about it that encouraged me to experiment, and the result was that I took lots of pictures I still like. At about the same time, I bought a Nikon D80, which was hugely more expensive and that deservedly has a much higher reputation. But it’s a bit sobering to note that a lot of the pictures I took with it seem quite boring now. Certainly the D80 is a marvelous camera and the LZ3 can’t be compared to it. But still, one worked for me at the time and the other didn’t. I think the difference was that the Panasonic was small and inexpensive and I didn’t worry much about it. I could shove it in my pocket or toss it into a backpack, and I took it everywhere. Also, I didn’t think I had to “make art” when I was using it, although as it turns out I probably did, more so than with the bigger, more expensive camera that I only used for “serious work” on special occasions. Both the D80 and the LZ3 are gone now, swept away on the restless tide of camera upgrading that has happened to so many photographers with the coming of the digital age. But this was one camera that really encouraged me to work. Here are a few shots I like from the LZ3.
June 17, 2010 § 2 Comments
Now that summer is here and the students have gone home, repair work has started on some of the campus buildings. This is from a site where they’re fixing the roof of one of the dormitories.
Panasonic ZS3, normal setting