Digital Photos at Risk

The Associated Press reports that modern audio recordings, including recorded oral histories, are at much greater risk of being corrupted and lost forever than are the old, analog recordings made on tape and other archaic media. The article points out that DVD and CD media begin to degrade and lose data in as little as five years.

The same can be said about one’s digital photographic files. One of the benefits of my methodology of shooting on film, scanning the image and then creating the digital photograph is that I have the analog film media to back up my image files. Also, I print my pictures using carbon pigment ink, which is less prone to degradation than the dye based inks typical to ink jet printers.

Imagining the Other Side

There is an image I have been carrying around for more than 20 years, intending to do something with it. Finally, this image will go out as Issue No. 2 in the Post Card Project. Over time, events have transpired to give meaning to the image, and out of that comes its title:

Imagining the Other Side


Maritime Abstraction

In a total departure from my usual practice of creating black and white photographs of people, I present to you the image I call “Maritime Abstraction”, a photograph I shot at Grand Manan Island in Canada a couple of years ago.

Maritime Abstraction

This photo is featured in the new Abstract Imagery gallery at Also showing in that gallery is another abstract image I created using a pinhole camera made out of a tubular oatmeal box.

Available Dark Photography

Shooters who take photographs in low light without using flash refer to their action as available light photography. Some wags, when touting their camera’s ability to take pictures in extremely low ambient light, refer to this as “available dark” photography. In this image, my subject’s face was illuminated by the birthday candle. The exposure overall was fine, except that the candle flame and cupcake were severely overexposed, so I had to adjust those elements in Photoshop. I think that this picture is a good example of available dark photography.

Subject illuminated by candlelight

Pinhole Photograph

I took a basic photography course in college in 1981. In that class I made a pinhole camera out of a tubular oatmeal box in which I exposed photographic paper. The image below was created using that pinhole camera.

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