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February 01, 2010


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The New York studio photographers made me think of August Sanders.

And the wonderful James Van Der Zee

Janet M

I looked at some of the photos on the vernacular photos site and found them to be almost unbearably intimate and poignant. Native Americans originally thought that photographs could steal their souls, and I'm not sure that they were wrong. It's amazingly powerful to be able to freeze a tiny moment of time.

Traditional photography was a rather mysterious process, I think we have all had the experience of trying to capture a magical moment (like a gigantic moonrise) and getting back a mundane image. One never knew what would be revealed when the pictures were developed. I think that is part of the appeal of your Diana camera.

With digital photography it is so easy to remedy the flaws of composition and exposure, but perhaps we have lost the random and unpredictable charm of snapshots


Beautifully put Janet and I couldn't agree more. There is something ineffable lost between the 1's and 0's of the digital age.


Oh, I enjoy the vintage photos and collect them.

When is someone going to make a black
and white movie film again? Is it just
me that wants to see black and white
films back up on the big screen?

Thanks for sharing the websites!!

God Bless You and Yours!!!

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