Photo Essays, Spot News and Stock Photography
It's the first week in May. Where are our gardeners?

WHERE ARE MY GARDENERS?

Our relationship with our lawn service goes back ten years. They are almost like family to us. Before depending on their company I used to mow my own lawn, but a heart attack ended that earlier period. I still do about everything else that a lawn could need myself except the actual mowing. The service has been completely dependable in the past. Occam’s Razor would say that the reason they have gone AWOL is that the truck broke down. That would be reason number one. Sickness might be another excuse. But if you believe in conspiracy theories this could be something else.

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Is a scuba diver about to become dinner? Cayman Islands (1994).

SCUBA DIVERS OF THE CARIBBEAN

I can never be accused of being an ichthyologist. DPI has recently acquired a collection of underwater images taken by scuba divers off the Cayman Islands in 1994. It will take some time to edit the entire collection both as a slide show presentation within our blog and as a special event in our Sports collection. We are showing two images at this time in order to give you some idea of what is to come in the weeks ahead.

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Home overlooking the Great South Bay is having its foundation raised.

SUPER STORM SANDY

The hurricane, a/k/a Super Storm Sandy, that hit Long Island in October 2012 devastated some communities along the south shore. In particular, Lindenhurst was among the hardest hit. The New York National Guard patrolled the town for several days. Some lost all, all lost some.

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A section of the day force of a coal mine in East Gulf, West Virginia (1952).

COAL MINERS

Section of the day force in a coal mine.

Section of the day force in a coal mine.

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Coal MIners - Day Force

The collection of coal miner photos in this blog were taken from a panoramic image of the Day Force of a coal mine in East Gulf, West Virginia (1952). Taken as a whole it is an impressive image. Unfortunately, it does not work well with either DPI’s website nor this blog page. Hence it is represented in these four separate images.

What is the "story" behind this photograph? Taken in New Jersey (1947).

DREAMERS

We have a situation. This recently acquired photograph is very quickly becoming one of our favorites. We have always made great efforts to be as accurate as possible in our caption information, and we have always encouraged our viewers to contact us if information presented is incorrect. According to our information this photograph that we call “Dreamers” (no relation to the Dream Act) was taken in New Jersey in 1947.

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Police and rescuers transport a man on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Santa Cruz, California

THE DECISIVE MOMENT

Photojournalists, this is clearly directed at you! Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase “the decisive moment” as to mean the precise moment to trip the shutter in order to capture the essence of a scene. This photo, “Santa Cruz Flood”; Santa Cruz, California (February 9, 1941) would be representative of Cartier-Bresson’s argument.

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The Great Wall of China and an associated deris field. (1935)

WALLS DON’T WORK

The proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has been envisioned as being 30 feet high, impossible for one individual to scale without aid, 6 feet in depth under ground, impenetrable for up to one hour by attempts to brake through and aesthetically beautiful on the U. S. side. I refer you to some statistics on the Great Wall of China presented in this blog.

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Lakota Nation receiving supplies (August 23, 1923).

STANDING ROCK

I must admit to my ignorance. I have argued for some time of the necessity for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as a part of the solution for the United States to become less dependent on sources of oil from OPEC. Job creation was a secondary issue. The impact of the routing of the pipeline so close to the Lakota Standing Rock reservation is unacceptable.

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