DPI has just acquired this environmental portrait “Old Man With A Spyglass“. This image was taken in Connecticut c.1896. It was in remarkable condition considering its age, but greatly improved with some 21st century photo editing software magic. You have to wonder how the old man would have reacted had he known that his portrait would be displayed on the internet 120 years later.
Our photo “Gravel Road” c.1952 taken somewhere in the western U. S. evokes memories in film and music. Lucinda William’s “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” album comes to mind. In film the choice is extensive. Perhaps “Thelma and Louise” come closest, and would have a similar scene. But then again the girls were in a convertible. The choices for use of this photo are endless, and curtailed only by one’s imagination. We find it an exciting addition to our collection and a must have.
Our recent blog “Daddy, There’s a Pebble in My Shoe” paid tribute to the artist Norman Rockwell. We have argued that some of DPI’s images remind us of paintings done by Rockwell. His work has had a significant influence upon us which is occasionally reflected in our selection of images. The lead photo in this blog we call “The Knockout“; California (June 1938). It’s connection to Rockwell, we believe, is Rockwell’s “Strictly a Sharpshooter” which was used as the cover for the American Magazine in June 1941.
Pay attention folks. The advice that I am going to give you may save your life and the those closest to you one day. You need to be more aware of persons and things in your environment that may put you in harm’s way. You must train your senses to recognize potential dangers whenever and wherever they may occur. We have all heard the slogan “If you see something say something”, but you need to institutionalize this type of thinking upon yourself on a daily basis.
The quotation has been attributed to Oscar Wilde and Charles Caleb Colton as well as others. Did not the Romans learn from the Greeks in taking their Gods and renaming them? And so it goes. Inventions are very often improvements upon the work of earlier inventors. We are all influenced by the work of others. The point is that we are supposed to learn from others and create our own unique style.
“The Water Wagon” on a Kansas farm (1936). An iconic image from the Great Depression. The right subject taken at the precise moment in history with the photographer’s keen eye, a good camera and excellent lighting. Proof that you don’t have to be a professional photographer to produce excellent photos.
DPI has just acquired a Graphex “Speed Graphic” press camera circa 1951. Korean War vintage. This is the camera that put photojournalism on the map. It represents the “Holy Grail” of photojournalism.
The recent events which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia have begun a debate as to removing statues which glorify the Confederacy. But this could easily become a slippery slope as the argument for removal of other statues which offend one group or another is considered. Where does it end, or does it? More importantly who decides which statues to remove? Are there any humans without fault?
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal of August 21, 2017 (pp. B1-B2) the iconic oil pump jack is making a comeback among small and medium sized oil companies seeking to turn a profit despite an oil glut. These pump jack oil wells can be set up for under $1 million as compared to a fracking oil well running between $6 million to $8 million. We have several images of oil pump jacks including this recent arrival of a National Oil Company pump jack in Montana (August 1956).
We review thousands of photos weekly. Sometimes alarm bells go off as a photo illustrates to us a particular theme from literature, music or elsewhere with obvious clarity. You know it when you see it. The photo’s relevance to an issue makes an evident connection.