Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Two girls from the past....

More daguerreotypes...I like the look on each of these girls' faces. What are they thinking and what have they been doing with their days. I would like to get to know them.

Here's a random thought I had last week; wouldn't it be weird if you went back in time and met your parents, and you were both the same age, say 10. Lets say you met them at a neighborhood play ground. Would you like each other; become friends; feel a connection; like the same things; get along even?? A little spooky, don't you think?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Ready for spring...

This was taken a couple of weeks ago, before we were really seeing the first signs of Spring. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another from the same exhibit...fantastic!

Garry Winogrand
[An American Gallery]
1958 (ca, print) 2007 (publication)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Consuelo Kanaga
Young Girl in Profile
[An American Gallery]
1948 (print) 2007 (publication)

Book plate
Lumiere Press
Courtesy of Lumiere Press and Howard Greenberg Gallery

This illustration is in the book An American Gallery Twenty Five Years of Photography Chronicled in a Biographical Essay By Lyle Rexer, With a Portfolio of Photographs Selected and Annotated by Howard Greenberg, Edited With an Introduction by Michael Torosian (Lumiere Press 2007)

Friday, April 18, 2008


I took these a couple of weeks ago, all on the same morning. It's surprising how different they all look, on a partly sunny, cloudy day. I like the way the spire is so prominent, piercing the sky and rising above the other houses and buildings.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Daguerreotypes and tintypes

Cousins, c. 1855

Daguerreotypes and tintypes were among the first photographs, developed towards the end of the 1830s. I love these photos because they give me a sense of the world as it was long ago and at the same time they are very modern. I look at the faces of the people and can imagine that they are here today; wearing the clothes we wear today doing the things we do.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The 'other' Jenny Lind

Here is the real Jenny Lind, 1820-1887; born Johanna Marie Lind in Stockholm, Sweden. (Don't you love her dress!)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Making the new, old...

Playing with Photoshop...this photo, of an iron house number sign (the number omitted), was made to look old. The thick layer of tree branches gives it an out of place look; as if the object isn't what it actually is or is another size all together. Such is the nature of art and that's makes it so fun!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Jenny Lind...from a book in GovInfo, also known as "work"

Jenny Lind was probably the most famous singer of her time, back in the mid 19th century. But, did you know she was also a prize winning Poland-China Sow at the Illinois State Fair in 1878!

Friday, April 4, 2008

History repeats itself...

Here we have historical photographs, taken in the last century, that prove, beyond a doubt that history does indeed repeat itself.
Louis II, c. 1926

Louis III, c. 1962

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What is it about fairy wings?

A few years ago on the web there seemed to be tons of different types of ladies, all with fairy wings. I got into it myself and started putting butterfly wings on women from 19th century fashion plates.

The dragon is from a book that came across my desk one day, filled with etchings of monsters...
they make an interesting addition I think.