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02 January 2007 @ 02:00 am
Photos of the Duckwall-Brust Affair now on line  

You know, pix taken at Dee and mplscorwin's big do last weekend. Now available for your perusal. With all the usual caveats of course. Here's what I wrote in the album description: I didn't arrive in time for the actual wedding ceremony, but here are a few pictures of the reception/party that followed in the same space. Since I was there as a guest and not in any official capacity, but having decided it would be fun to get out my camera and take some pictures, I felt free to focus on whoever and whatever I pleased rather than feeling an obligation to document the event itself.* Oddly enough, the people it pleased me to focus on tended to fall into two overlapping categories: friends and attractive women. Heh. Big surprise there, eh?  [Technical details: The film was scanned at Proex, and I did some light Photoshop editing, cropping, and sizing. If you'd like a print it'd probably be best to get in touch with me and go back to the negative or make a higher-resolution scan.]  Some of the photos please me, some please me greatly. Some of the sequences turned out to be fun. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

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* Which reminds me that one of the topics I'd like to start LJing soon is my thoughts on photography. You know, the various and not necessarily connected or even congruent bits of thought I have about it; what photography is and can be and can be thought to be even if it isn't really. My philosophy of photography, if you will. Bullshit written about picture-taking, if you prefer. So I set this note here as a nudge to myself.

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skzbrustskzbrust on January 2nd, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
There are really good, Fred.

And I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on photography.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 4th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)

Thank you, Steve. You know, sometimes I surprise myself.

One of my current thoughts on photography is so nearly formless that I probably ought to spew it out soon and see what of it sticks. Its genesis was in a phone conversation I was having … golly … maybe even a year or two ago now … with Michael Butler. Somehow or other we rolled onto the topic of "authenticity", with which the concept of "artifact" was somehow related. That got me to thinking in that sort of frame vis-à-vis photography. Like, um, a slide is an +artifact+ that was actually in the +place+ where and when the +photograph+ was +made+, so it therefore obtains a greater +authentity+ than, say, a print. But then a slide is not =directly= viewed—it is viewed by the transmission of light through it onto an other surface; which makes the "image" one is thereby viewing entirely chimerical yet at the same time perhaps more totally +authentic+ than any other sort of image because it is being created by the +artifact+ which is a +signifier+ or even a +carrier+ of +authenticity+.


So I think I'll putter with this a bit more and post it "up" (instead of "in") soon.

dd-bdd_b on January 2nd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
A nice collection!

And I'd be interested in thoughts on photography too, in case encouragement is of any value here.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 4th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, David. Oh, and see my scratchings on the previous rock (addressed to friend SKZB).
Marybraider on January 3rd, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Huh. I should introduce you to justducky. She does excellent photography as well.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 4th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)

"Huh" yourself. I take it this means you like my photo work? Or at least this/that sample of it? Thank you. (You have yet to see the best of it you know. I just lately realized how very true that is of all of the people who I've met only in the past 15 years or so. I needs must remedy that some time. Maybe even "soon.")

Please do feel free to introduce me to justducky or, for that matter, anyone you think would be mutually interesting. I'm about as game as they come (except when I'm crazyhiding), especially since introductions by one's admired friends tend to make the whole "meeting a new person" thing smoother and easier.

Feelings are what you make of themmrsmodew on January 3rd, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
All I can say is-Wow. Well done, sir.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 4th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)

"Wow"? All you can say is "Wow"? Huh. That's a fine how--

Oh, wait! You didn't just say: "Wow." You said: "Wow. Well done, sir." That's a whole other thing, it is.

In that case, I'll say ThankYouVeryMuchM'am. And I'll grin.

(And you're another who has never seen my best work. Must remedy that, must remedy that.)

Feelings are what you make of themmrsmodew on January 4th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)

I would love to see more of your work. I have always liked what of yours I have seen.

Perhaps if this weight loss continues (30ish lbs and counting), I could get you to take some photos of me when I am more comfortable in my skin? I am never in any crowd shots (there is a shot of my hair in one of yours) and have seen very, very few photos of me. A few family members would really like to see what I look like. You somehow manage to capture the beauty within the folks that you photograph. It really is amazing and I wish I could say it better.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 4th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)

You said it very nicely, actually. It's one of the things I like to think I'm doing, as a matter of fact, so it's spot on. Thank you.

Whenever you're ready, beautiful, just let me know and we'll get together and collaborate on some photos.