My essay has stalled completely. I can't figure out how to bridge the beginning and the end without making the essay much longer than I want. I'm going to sit on it a bit, and instead focus on the fifteen rolls of film I finally developed. Some go as far back as January of this year, when I was in New York City for the Chinese/Lunar New Year's Celebration. The majority, though, cover my photos from Cape Breton.
I don't think I've singled out "Durham Tp." often, if ever. The pastoral scenes there are heavily manipulated, and sometimes I feel it gets a little too cute, but these shots are great. Taken during the heavy flooding that affected New Jersey and Pennsylvania this spring, "Delaware Canal at Raubsville..." is one of a series of dark shots that really bring out the menace of a flood. I'm impressed with these shots, regardless of the photoshopping.
I'm envious of those that get to take shots like this for a living. A good, newsworthy shot that is also beautiful... now there's a creation.
The New York Times has an interesting article on the growing relationship between two great museums of photography, The George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the International Center of Photography in New York, New York, and their development of an online exhibit at www.photomuse.org. Unfortunately, I keep getting a "connection refused" message when I try to link to photomuse.org. I assume that this is due to the glut of people trying to check it out from the NY Times. I'm interested to see what the site will have on there. NYT explains the online project thusly:
... an ambitious project to
create one of the largest freely accessible databases of masterwork
photography anywhere on the Web, a venture that will bring their
collections to much greater public notice and provide an immense
resource for photography aficionados, both scholars and amateurs.
The Web site - Photomuse.org,
now active only as a test site, with a smattering of images - is
expected to include almost 200,000 photographs when it is completed in
the fall of 2006, and as both institutions work out agreements with
estates and living photographers, the intention is to add tens of
thousands more pictures.
Randy Kennedy, Amassing a Treasury of Photography, N.Y. Times (Jul. 20, 2005).
I checked out some of the photos attached to the article (in lieu of visiting the site); they're impressive works (Capa, Stieglitz, and Brady are amongst those represented). If Photomuse is going to head down that road, it could be a hell of an inspiration.