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Snapshot? - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
When I was visiting my parents in November, I spent lots of time looking at old family photographs that my mother has slowly been organizing into albums. I laid the loose ones out on the bed and studied them for hours. After I returned home to Tucson, I discovered that two of them had gotten mixed up with my papers. This one intrigues me:

It's not that impressive a photograph. I presume that's my grandfather in the distance, but it's impossible to be certain. Although it was surely meant to be a tourist's snapshot, however, the passage of time has given it a gravity that the photographer could scarcely have imagined. The missing parts testify to the fragility of the artifact, making what's left of it seem miraculous.

Mode: thrown under
Muse: I'll Replace You With Machines - Guided By Voices - Earthquake Glue

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art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: March 5th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Very nice!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 5th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Early 1920s I think. Sepia tone has a special resonance. One of the things I like about your color work on shells, roots, all that ritually significant material is the way it seems to inhabit a space halfway between black-and-white and full color, a space in between.
From: jodi3425 Date: March 6th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


i love the perspective in this
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 6th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: perspective

Yes, there's something about it that looks really "old." I'm not sure what that means, but it's what I feel!

We just got back from Because of Winn Dixie with Skylar. It's not a great film. It may not even be a good film. But I cried.
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