The New York Times (read the extended post for the entire article) reports that Mr. Dupret, a Belgian photojournalist, has embarked on a project to document registered World Heritage Sites (including the Taj Mahal). His take on things is interesting in that the images are panoramic and online viewers get a very true sense of the place he has photographed. The World Heritage Tour Web Site is a must see. Dupret plans to be in India, Pakistan and Nepal over the next few years. We'll be watching.
I remember the days in a Maine darkroom where I recklessly spooled my Tri-X onto steel reels and taped the cans down for good measure. Of course, I practiced threading dry exposed film but with the lights out in a stuffy closet-like room, it made it almost impossible to get it right the first time. I grabbed the film by its edges, bent it slightly and hooked the sprockets onto the prongs on the reel. Sometimes it caught. Sometimes I thought it caught. I spent an inordinate amount of time rolling and re-rolling film. That was just the first of many challenges with film. The good folks in Rockport were both meticulous and strict about their film development. No sooner had I learned to spool film, I was confronted by the idea of getting my chemistry just right in temperature and volume. Too warm and I would nuke my film. Too cold and it would take me eons to finish.
Getting the chemistry just right was just the start. Film had to be agitated just so (a source of great mystery even to this day) and I followed along and got into a system of ‘swish-swish-rotate-swish' every minute.
But all of this is old hack. It had to happen. Digital is now firmly established in our collective consciences. Is it the death knell of film? That's for time to figure out. I still shoot film. But click here and you will see why I raced to jot a few thoughts down.
Exhibit of 19th-century Photos of India
Location: Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, Mass.
Exhibition on “Masterpieces of Asian Nineteenth-Century Photography” at Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, Mass., through Sept. 28.
The museum's photographic gallery displays fifty-two albumen, carbon and printing-out-paper prints that depict the people, landscapes and cultural sites of Japan, China, India and Tibet.
The Peabody Essex Museum has reopened after a $125 million project that includes a new building and new exhibits from around the world. The museum features both a gallery dedicated to contemporary Indian art and another for older works.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 9 p.m. Normal admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and free for children under 16 or residents of Salem.
For info., call (866) 745-1876 or visit www.pem.org.
QuoteSource: From India New England News
Arthur Pais, a friend and writer, once told me the deep rooted connection between Peabody, Massachusetts and Madras (now Chennai), India. He mentioned merchant ships shuttling between Boston and Madras, carrying ice. Ice for the British! The Ice House, perched off of Marina Beach in Madras, is now a tourist attraction (or is it just a condemned building about to crumble?). Whether one can actually go inside, I don't know. But I remember whizzing past it as a young boy not knowing its interesting past.
Check out the exhibit! You may learn something new. I know I will.
This just in from the Santa Fe Photo Workshop:
“Assignment America” Photography Contest
Want to win a free workshop in Santa Fe? This just announced photography contest offers several Santa Fe Workshops as prizes. Organized by our friends at Kodak Professional and Popular Photography and Imaging magazine, “Assignment America” is looking for images that display the culture, diversity, history, and enthusiasm that is built within American heritage. In addition to workshops in Santa Fe, other prizes include getting your winning image displayed on the Kodarama in Times Square, publication in Pop Photo, an expense-paid weekend in NYC, a feature on Kodak.com, dinner with the judges, Kodak film, and many more. Images submitted by professional photographers and photo enthusiasts will be judged and awarded separately. For complete details visit http://www.popphoto.com.
Good luck! I have been to the SFPW's and they ROCK!