play with photography

Okay, so these first two are somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

The sh*t says meme has come to photography. (Now, one for writers, please?)

This morning’s xkcd comic was spot on. (Especially with the hover comment – just move your mouse to anywhere over the image.)

When we think of the depression, the dust bowl years, and early WWII, those impressions are all in black & white. The pictures looks timeless, but somehow not of our time.

There is a collection of colour positive (slide) photos in the Library of Congress that give an entirely different view. The Denver Post has 70 of them on their website, and the pictures are gorgeous.

Definitely worth a look. I’m especially drawn to the close portraits. And the trains series in the middle. There’s also an awesome “Rosie the Riveter” toward the end.


    • It’s really perfect. For a long time I didn’t know about the hover comments on xkcd comics. What a loss.

      The car is on fire!

  • I checked out the photographs. I find it interesting that my image of that time is greatly impacted by black-and-white photography. The colored photographs seem less dreary and more hopeful. Not saying there weren’t bad times but they don’t appear nearly as bad in color. Also in some of the shots, the melting pot is more vivid than when photographs are not in color. This is probably because I have developed my visual perception in a color filled world and am not as good as perceiving differences when presented with black-and-white. Ok enough procrastination—back to work Kim

    • I agree completely: less dreary, more hopeful. It was amazing to me how this collection could shift my perception. This gives me further food for thought on what story my personal collection of photographs might tell.

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