DPI has a collection of photos of Mt. Rushmore under construction or as it stands completed. This latest image, “Mount Rushmore“, is early on in the construction phase as two priests appear at the site probably to give a blessing for the safety of the workers. Jefferson’s nose appears in the photo. This is an indication that the date of this image is most likely in the spring of 1928. Holes drilled into the rock face for placing dynamite are also visible.
It’s November, and because it’s November we take a moment to remember the sinking of the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior (November 10, 1975). We pay our respects to the brave men who lost their lives and to their families.
Today, pickup trucks are all the rage. I find myself surrounded by Dodge Ram 1500s, Chevy Silverados and Ford F-150s on a continual basis. Sometimes I feel overmatched in my Jeep Grand Cherokee, but different strokes for different folks. Maybe I should have bought a Hummer.
First introduced in 1900 the Kodak Brownie cameras were produced for decades and came in many variations. This helps to explain the quality of many of the images that DPI acquires. Without the use of 21st century photo editing software it would be impossible to present acceptable images. A recent Kodak Brownie acquired by DPI is featured here.
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.
DPI welcomes our newest contributing photojournalist, Dermot McGrath. Dermot, a Navy veteran, is based on Long Island. He has traveled to Vietnam several times since the end of the war, and he is deeply involved with the Viet Duc University Hospital Humanitarian Project which is based in Hanoi. This effort sends Vietnamese doctors and nurses for training and observation to several Long Island hospitals.
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.