Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
In NYC--but alas in a no-pipe-smoking hotel room. Masses of people everywhere. Saw a scowling lady on a park bench who might possibly have been Jeanette Winterson.
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Monday, October 21, 2013
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Friday, October 18, 2013
PS 10/20. From the Who Knew Department: A kind reader tells me the men here having the wood chopping competition are Basque. (I can definitely see it in the costumes now it's pointed out. Something about the red cummerbunds.....) The artist here, José Arrue (1885-1977), turns out to be a fairly prominent Basque artist, as Wikipedia reveals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Arrue He also seems to have been a competent matador.
Posted by Terry Castle at 9:05 PM
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
A recent get: the dramatic ovoid clouds framing the boy make a sort of eye-rhyme with the painted cloud backdrop in yesterday's post. Something else to notice--though it's hard to say if it improves or damages the composition: the way the bottom of the boy's shirt lines up almost perfectly with the horizon line, the place where the dry brush terrain ends in the distance. Was this alignment planned? Or was it just an accident that happened to make the photo look planned? And here's the obvious aesthetic question: however achieved, does the line-up make the photo look too planned?
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
I confess--had to do quite of bit of dust-and-scratch removal on this tintype. The subject's coat had been gravely scratched at some point. Shame because it's a glorious image, one made ever more so by painted 'breaking rollers' in the background, and the curiously sack-like boulders at the gentleman's feet.
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