Friday, January 29, 2010
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Here is a copy of a colored slide I took of myself and my four children who were with me at the time...Daniel, my youngest is standing next to his sister, Sandra and to my left is my oldest son, Mark and next to him is Robert...I look pretty jaunty back then or I should say woodsy...I'm holding a Hasselblad camera...and I have my trusty light meter hanging from my neck...The bridge was not being used when I took this picture...It was constructed in 1892 and spanned Long Cane Creek near Troy, SC...Being no longer in use, a concrete bridge was built next to it...unfortuneately the wooden bridge no longer stands and was burned either by accident or by vandalism in 1979...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Several Years ago, Ansel Adams came to USC to give a talk on photography...his photography...It was standing room only in the Russell House auditorium when the students and his fans (I'm one) came to see and hear this great photographer speak...As we watched in awe...as the slide projector flashed out the black and white prints (masterpieces) he had compiled over many years of trudging up and down mountainous trails carrying various sizes of view cameras and their tripods and his box of sheet film holders loaded with fresh film ...(Those were the good old days)
Here is a photo I took of Ansel posing for a young photographer in the Russell House corridor...
Our art museum has one of his most recent exhibits of his work...He was the Beethoven of the photographic world...I understand he once aspired to become a concert pianist...Thank the Lord he chose the light meter instead..
Last night a friend and I went to see,"LaDanse" directed by Frederick Wiseman...It was 159 minutes long ...Thank God I was sitting down to see it...For a non ballet watcher...it had held my interest for most of its length...it had english sub titles...I didn't mind this...I learned to read at an early age...It cut back and forth from nothing to everything...The artists were wonderful...young and old...I don't think there was a plot and if there was,it was lost in the French language they were speaking...The Ballet brings out the beauty of the human body and shows us just what our bodies are capable of doing...(I'm not speaking of my body of course)....