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A farmer pushes his son in a homemade wheelbarrow during the Great Depression, c.1936

SOFT FOCUS – NOT A PROBLEM

All things being equal I believe that most photographers choose to take well focused images. However, there are certain situations where a soft focused image works much better. In the creative world of advertising, motion in a photograph created by blurring or panning adds a new element into an otherwise static, two dimensional image. This practice is also used in sports photography to great effect. But what about photojournalism and documentary photography?

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Fruit Tramp

FRUIT TRAMP

Research on this photo leads us to the following assessment. This man is a migrant fruit picker in a camp in Washington State c. 1935. Known as ‘fruit tramps” these men traveled to Washington State to pick mainly apples most likely near Yakima. Such was life for many men during the Great Depression. Clearly the time of day was beer o’clock (Aussie slang).

"Log Cabin Mother"

LOG CABIN MOTHER

Inspired by the iconic image, “Migrant Mother”, taken by Dorothea Lange in Nipomo, California (1936), we present “Log Cabin Mother“; Appalachia c.1918.  Whenever we make a humble attempt to compare any of our images to those taken by master photojournalists from the past, we do so with the intent to keep their spirits alive for all of us and as an homage to their contribution to documentary photography. See the back story on Florence Owens Thompson (Migrant Mother).

Taken by Dorothea Lange, Nipomo, California (1936).

“Migrant Mother” by Dorothea Lange, Nipomo, California (1936).

Iconic image of the Great Depression on a Kansas farm (1936).

COMPOSITION AND LIGHTING II

“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.

Agricultural, migrant work camp.

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Political and economic decisions made during the 1920s led to the Great Depression.  While much has been documented about New Deal programs to lessen the suffering during the Dust Bowl period, less has been posted on this blog about the period from the stock market crash until the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt.  Until now!

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The Okies

Oklahomans or Okies? I use the term Okie in this essay without any pejorative  meaning whatsoever. It is used by me to honor the people of Oklahoma who have suffered so much yet retain a strong commitment to religion, political conservatism and moral values.

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Outdoor Cooking

Great Depression: Living Outdoors

The Great Depression produced scenes which today would be incomprehensible. There were Hoovervilles, House Wagons, breadlines, unemployment lines, migrants from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, and many people simply moving around the country looking for work and a square meal. This essay is dedicated to those people who were on the road in the 1930s.

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