This article from Chicago Magazine profiles photographer Art Shay’s favorite subject – his wife Florence. The photo series is simply amazing, and nothing I type here can possibly do justice to what you will find, so click the link and see for yourself.
So today I came across the website Twisted Sifter, an Australian image blog that has some great finds. This is one of them – police photos from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s around Sydney and New South Wales.
Warning – graphic images.
I’m currently in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a very scenic place. There is lots to look at here – the countryside is very beautiful, the mountains are gorgeous, and there are plenty of parks with hiking trails, waterfalls, beautiful forests, etc.
So one thing I didn’t expect to find here was an abandoned coal mine. It’s probably the biggest abandoned building I’ve ever been inside, not to mention the most dangerous. A couple of buddies from work went there with me – in a couple of shots, you can see Doug setting up for shots of his own. I used my brand new Sunpak tripod. The thing is awesome – it was just under fifty bucks at Best Buy, it has a pistol grip head that has a complete range of movement in a sphere, and it has retractable spikes on the feet for use in outdoor environments. I love the thing.
So back to the creepy old mine (sounds like an episode of Scooby-Doo eh?), we stumbled and burrowed our way around for the better part of three hours. There was lots to see – old equipment, boilers, electrical boxes, some sort of generator / turbine assembly, and a set of four absolutely huge furnaces. Lots of light play was going on, many opportunities for framing shots through windows, and in general it was an incredible all around experience.
If you ever find yourself in Wilkes-Barre, head south from town on highway 309 and wind your way through the village to see this incredible piece of history.
The always outstanding Retronaut.co has some fantastic images that were taken during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, in the years leading up to 1937. The bridge got it’s name from the Golden Gate - the body of water that connects the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean – and is one of the worlds most photographed bridges. See here some of the very first of those photographs.
An interesting phenomenon that I’d never heard of before. Back in the 30′s, itinerant photographers would photograph many aspects of a town and it’s residents, then try to sell prints to said residents.
Here is a fairly large gallery of photo’s from this time period, hosted by the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center. It’s a fantastic look at how life was in the early part of the 1900′s. These photo’s are from the Corpus Christi area circa 1930-1940.
Here are a few shots of the place where I grew up. Hope you like them. Click the image to go to the gallery.
|I used to live here…|
The word for the day is simplicity. And Junkstock captures the idea behind that word extremely well with this photo. This image, while containing almost nothing – a few flakes of paint peeling from a worn wall – manages to still present us with age, time, history, a feeling of ancientness. The simple and sparse colors and tones, as well as the gloomy, almost despondent, lighting help to back up the effect.
But there is detail here as well. Each crack represents a ray of fading sunlight, a gust of wind, an element of decay. And it is the process of decay that tells the story. It is the crumbling disrepair that is the story itself. What we see here is a life that was once happy and vibrant, now withered and disappeared. What we see here is a person, maybe a family, someone who cared about this structure enough to cover it with a color that suited their mood. And we see how time marched on and caused the decline of whatever situation caused that person or family to care about this place. And it brings the realization that we all will have to abandon our current little corner of the universe one day, and that perhaps in the future someone will come along with a camera to snap a picture of what we’ve left behind, and share our story with the world.