Photography of W.F. Stuart (El Paso, May 16, 1910)
One of my current reads is Ringside Seat to a Revolution, An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923 by David Dorado Romo. I bought my copy at Cinco Puntos Press a few years ago and from time to time take a break to read about the history of the community of which I was born and raised. Amongst the wonderful research in this text are a bunch of really amazing photographs.
When I stumbled across this photograph I thought about John's Astrophotography presentation with the Photography Enthusiast of El Paso group and all of the really cool shots that the group takes when they point their lens towards space. This photograph captured by W.F. Stuart really blew me away because of its date and the periods in which the comet is visible from earth.
I also thought about the photographer and who they were. Back when I took to dropping by the El Paso Public Library downtown to scan old periodicals and photographs. From Gordon Parks to James Vanderzee, as much interest as I have in photography, I try to remind myself of the importance to take time and appreciate the shooters from years past.
I'm interested in knowing more about W.F. Stuart.
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Throughout her entire b-day week I was snapping shots. Luckily on the day of her b-day, I forgot my cell phone and wallet at the crib and decided to head back home for lunch. My younger bro and his daughter, Lil' Emi, just happened to be there which allowed me to get a couple shots on her born day. This past Saturday and Sunday commenced a celebration for Lil' Lucy at the park, the aquatic center, and at the house of my brother's family for some delicious grilling and baking to welcome her 2nd year on earth. With my index finger tip hovering and pressing over the button of my Fuji cam, I captured enough shots to develop a nice photo gift for her to remember what she'll more than likely forget at her age.
While developing the photo gift I listened to Alvin Masters piano music. A digital project called Dream Inside a Dreamand Cantando. Over the weekend we dedicated ((Happy Birthday)) by Stevie Wonder to Lil' Lucy, check out the HHA Tweet: click here.
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A shot from my first workshop with the PEEP group in El Paso... on this day John gave a presentation on Astrophotography...a chance to "see the unseen". I scribbled down a few notes including reference to a photographer named Eric Chesak where you can learn more on Astrophotography... visit www.ericchesak.com. Below is a collage of photos I took... this was around location of the meeting space... a building off of West Paisano. Here's to my first Photography Enthusiast of El Paso workshop as I continue halfway through this year of learning, 2014.
On another note, I could've sworn I heard someone play the Jetson's jingle from their cell phone during John's presentation.
This past week I met a photographer in a continuing ed class at EPCC, Steve Burns who told me about the Photography Enthusiast of El Paso group here in town. Excited to catch a workshop someday and learn. Since the start of the year, I've been thinking about a stronger commitment to the learning process... especially for something like photography that's been a hobby for so long.
Here is the Facebook page for the group: click here
Description: PEEP is dedicated to encouraging the improvement of the photo enthusiast’s photography. PEEP provides
an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and an enjoyable forum for the
development of artistic and technical photographic skills. PEEP
promotes a healthy spirit through educational programs, exhibitions, and
competitions. PEEP is a member of Gulf States Camera Club Council. PEEP
consists of photographers of all skill levels and ages. Paid membership
is available at our monthly meetings. If you would like to attend one
of our meetings, they are held the second Saturday of each month at The
Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano, El Paso, TX. Meetings are from 10am -
Noon. Visitors may attend up to 3 meetings before becoming a dues paying
member. Hope to see you at our next one!
"This picture was taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera (2,100 Megapixels.) These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. It can identify a face in a multitude of people."
Don't remember what brought me to Trent Bell's work, may have to backtrack a few blogs. But I'm verygladidid. A lil' while ago a colleague told me to check out some work from someone he knew that goes by Peter Langone. More on the commercial photography side, nevertheless interesting stuff to check out and learn from.
A have a thing for taking pictures of basketball goals. A co-worker sent me this shot and I've been wanting to share the shot for a long time now. For more of Seph Lawless work, check out sephlawless.com
Stumbled across a few shots on the El Paso Times. They display a database at the link above. An archive from El Paso's earlier days. Alfonso Casasola is the name of the photographer. More information available at the link above.
"In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and even good and evil seem more polarized than ever before. at the heart of this collection of portraits is my desire to remind us that we are all equal, until our environment, circumstances, or fate molded and weathered us into whom we have become.
I photograph what I love about my country, which is the American. By that I mean the individual who is shaped from more than 200 years of liberty and independence missed with all the successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life. So here is a collection of these creatures. Tragic and wonderful, great and ordinary, they stand proud and ready for scrutiny." - Mark Laita
I was inspired by Joseph Rodriguez before I realized I was looking at a Joseph Rodriguez photograph. Several years ago I picked up a copy of The Beat Within, Illustrations from the Inside, which along with artwork included a few photographs from Joseph Rodriguez. It would be a few years as my interest for photography grew before I started to connect the photographs I'd stumble across on the net to the name, Joseph Rodriguez. This text Juvenile is a work of art... an incredible collection that tells a powerful story of the lives represented through Rodriguez's lens along with Rodriguez's own life as well. Below is a link to the Amazon location for purchase and the quote included at the beginning of the book by James Baldwin, source "Autobiographical Notes".
"One writes out of one thing only - one's own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art. The difficulty, for me, of being a Negro writer was the fact that I was, in effect, prohibited from examining my own experience too closely by the tremendous demands and the very real dangers of my social situation." - James Baldwin
Recently caught an episode of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Fernando Valenzuela, titled Fernando Nation by filmmaker Cruz Angeles. In the 80s I collected sports cards for basketball, football, and baseball. I got rid of most of my card collection hanging on to some of my favorite cards of the time. These two are my only Fernando Valenzuela cards. Quite a story. The first card covers statistics between the years of 1980-85' and the second Upper Deck card covers years 1986-90'. 1990 was his last year as a Los Angeles Dodger. The entire Fernando Nation documentary can be viewed on YouTube: click here.
"I asked for a writing/photography job. I showed them a few things I'd published - in my high school newspaper, for Cal State's MEChA newspaper, a letter to the editor. They seemed impressed. People poised towards writing were rare finds. They also asked if I'd work the darkroom, developing film and operating a halftone camera, a large mechanical contraption that resided photos and made halftone reproductions for the layout editors. I said sure, I wanted to learn.
With a camera and a notepad, I covered car accidents, gang shootings, weddings, and graduations. I overworked at this job, which paid hundreds of dollars less a week than I had made in industry. As the only photo developer at EGP, I also spent many hours a week in the darkroom, set up next to the layout room. I developed rolls of black-and-white film in canisters. We used the old method with chemicals - developer, fixer, running water. I made contact sheets that Jonathan used to pick out the pictures I then developed for the newspapers."