Dustbowls, Documentaries, and Dorothea Lange


Geneology

I was going through a family history and recollections that my Uncle and Mother have written. They completed this remembrance of their growing up years as a way to preserve some family history for future generations. Its actually quite cool. Handwritten and hand drawn genealogical charts, Civil and Revolutionary war tales, Depression era stories. The whole gamut. A very interesting read. Below is a small excerpt from my mothers memory…

Dustbowl 1

As an aside, if you have not seen the exceptional movie that Ken Burns made,

You should! It just brings home the extraordinary circumstances that forged and shaped a whole generation of people. Including my parents. And then us, the following generation.

One of the chronologers of that era was an amazing photographer named Dorothea Lange. You can see her amazing work all over the place. I like the albums on Shorpy the best. In my opinion she captured the anguish and worry of a segment of America that nobody else could. Pictures like hers can only be made with empathy and compassion. Not to mention her compositional skills and perfect eye. Below is her seminal photo.

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange

People lived through this mess, and made it to the other side. Scarred and ready to move on. Some moved on with little on their back and some looked back to those they left behind. Some didn’t make it through at all. My own mother talked a lot about the depression and the dustbowl years. The poor living conditions and her own families struggle to make ends meet made a huge impression on her, and shaped her demeanor and outlook on life. Later in her own life, as time and energy were drawn out of her, she would talk about those times with me, sitting on her front porch. She would draw comparisons to current conditions and we would have a discussion. Tough times never left my mother. As in the face of the mother above, some situations shape the rest of our lives.

For Sale – SOLD AT AUCTION! Epson 9880 44″ Printer and 1640XL Scanner!


Includes all original software and cables. In excellent shape, Was used just a few weeks ago. Currently out of yellow ink, but has usable amounts of all the other inks installed. Includes a total of 4 spindles and an unused black conversion kit. $3000 OBO. Go here for more info! Call 242-8165 and ask for Tony. Go see it at Gene Taylor’s!

Also available is this large format scanner. Has the film scanner top. Includes all original documentation and a full version of Silverfast. Alas the film holders are gone Go here for more info! $500 OBO. Call Tony at 242-8165. Go see it at Gene Taylor’s.

For Sale – SOLD! Epson 2450 film scanner


First off, the rules. All items are first emailed, first get. Local pick up only! I will not ship. If the item doesn’t sell here, it may end up on my Ebay page. Link is on the side. Cash or check only. If you are looking at this from out of town, thanks! Espyworks@gmail.com

Includes all original film holders and software. Scan 35mm, medium format, and 4×5 films. As well as any flatwork you have. Includes everything I originally purchased. The platen needs a little cleaning, but is in excellent shape. Go here to see…Epson Page…  All included. $50

Google and me


 

If you go to your google search bar, click on show images,  and type in ‘sunset corn stalk’ or ‘cornstalk sunset’ or something like that, you get a choice of images. In my experiments one of the first choices is my image that tops the ‘Your Time is Coming’ post. One of my thoughts is that I’m kind of flattered. Pretty cool to have one of my images show up first. And then I start thinking about copyright and exclusivity and photography. Now I can’t really get upset at all if people have such easy access to this image. I took it with my iPhone and I don’t categorize that as ‘real’ photography. It was a quick grab shot with a cell phone. Not a setup shot with professional gear. In my mind there is a difference. I think there is a difference between snapshots and photography. Some of you may have a different opinion, and I hope you share them here. So here is the question..Should I get all organized and make sure there are copyright notices on all my own pictures? Then of course I can’t go to google and get other pictures to put on my blog, specifically for my series ‘Forever Cold’. So I can’t be all arrogant and be upset if someone else borrows a picture (note I didn’t say photograph) from this blog. Tell me what you think, please!