March 27th, 2013

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Kitsnaps: Cobh, Ireland

Cobh, Ireland
Cobh, Ireland
This was taken from on top of the Commodore Hotel in Cobh, looking back over the town.

Really, my favorite thing about this picture is that my high school photography teacher, Pat Dixon (whose website features his own version of the exact same photo), was in Ireland and we got to go out taking pictures together, nigh unto twenty years after I’d first been his student. He was possibly my favorite teacher, and one of the shapers of my life. He’s the one who gave me ILLUSIONS to read when I was sixteen and having a particularly bad day (I’d lost a ring that had been a gift from someone I loved, and something else–either Lt Tasha Yar or Catherine Chandler had died, and whichever one it was, despite knowing it was silly to be upset over the death of a fictional character, well, it was a bad day.). Dixon told me to open the book and start reading wherever I opened it, and that I could go back and start from the beginning after that. This is the quote I opened to:

“Perspective—use it or lose it. If you turned to this page, you’re forgetting that what is going on around you is not reality. Think about that.”

It seemed so amazingly apropos that I’ve never forgotten it. I mean, okay, yes, I was sixteen and dramatic, but still, I love that quote, and it’s one of the many thigns I love Dixon for, too. He also taught us (protesting mightily that he had done this long before Dead Poet’s Society) to get up on a desk or under a chair to get a different perspective on the world as photographers. It was to the photo lab I retreated on the incredibly rare occasions I cut class (not easy to do when your dad’s a teacher!), and there are songs that to this day make me think of the scent and color of the darkroom (vice versa, too: those scents and colors bring particular music to mind.). In fact, the only song at the Aerosmith concert a few years ago that I wished they’d performed was Janie’s Got A Gun, for just that reason.

So anyway, I like this picture, but for reasons that go far beyond its actual worth. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Because what you want is more pictures.

It’s still snowing. In fact, it snowed enough to stick a bit, so this morning I bundled us up and we went down to Glasnevin Cemetery to take pictures, ’cause I thought snow might be as good, maybe even better, than fog.

Well, it’s not, or at least not in these slight quantities, but I think Glasnevin’s real problem is that it’s too well-cared for to be really prime graveyard-photography territory. I prefer the going-to-seed look of a less-cared-for graveyard, for Moody Pictures. :)

Anyway, I got a handful of Kitsnaps, a couple nice snapshots (which I shall post behind the cut) and a bunch of cute pictures of a little boy making snow angels and footprints in the snow. :)

Before I cut for photos (one of which I’m going to deconstruct everything I did wrong on), I’m curious if people have a preference for the ‘matted’ versions of the pictures, or the ‘unmatted’ ones? If you like the matted ones, should they be 900px on a side, so the actual photograph is more of a size with the unmatted ones? Enquiring photographers want to know. :)

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(x-posted from The Essential Kit)