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Me and She
We just returned from Family Shabbat at the JCC. It was the best of the four we've been to, but a bittersweet affair because it's also our last one before Skylar starts public school. As chocolate amply demonstrates, however, bittersweet can be pretty wonderful.

Before the dinner, I spent a long time in Skylar's classroom showing her and her classmates pictures in iPhoto on my laptop, then hung out with her on the sofas upstairs while we waiting for Kim to arrive from her late meeting.

Since I've learned not to pass up promising photo ops, I used the occasion to take pictures of the two of us. I've long been a fan of the self-portrait in which the photographer holds the camera at arm's length and points it at her or himself. Our photo albums attest to that. With the freedom of digital imaging, though, I'm getting better at capturing moments without drawing attention to the camera's presence.

Like Errol Morris, I worry about the ideological blindspots of the verité aesthetic. But I'm pleased with the results I'm getting from a formal standpoint:

Reading Mr. Daydream

Peering In

Bald Spot

Icky Licky


I'm particularly fond of the first and last images.

Mode: recovering
Muse: Disorder (Live 10-7-99) - Pavement

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: May 1st, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I covered dorm room closets with those held at arm's length pictures. I'm mad for them. Still have some up on the file cabinet.

I've taken fewer pictures in general since moving here and have always taken fewer than I'd like (downside of the SLR camera that I love being candids are difficult, each shot a production even when I switch it from manual). When I'm not taking pictures I'm constantly thinking about how I'm not taking pictures and regretting that, stealing other people's cameras for shots held at arm's length to be forwarded over email. I've thought about going for a small digital camera before long. Assistance to the memory project.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 3rd, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Kindred Spirits

Ahh, well then we have something important in common. I'm liking the digital camera because it IS so compact and because, as must be apparent from the images I've posted, its slow reaction time and generally slow shutter speeds enable me to plan for blur as a way of being creative.

elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: May 4th, 2004 02:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Kindred Spirits

Planning for blur--I like that. And I hope this isn't the only something important we have in common :)
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