On The Comfortable/Disturbed Spectrum

“I’ve learned that secrets don’t help anybody.”


James Luckett has a lot to say that will resonate with many of us.


First Crit of the Year



 Identify for yourself each piece on display.

Which piece(s) hold the wall best from a distance? Which is/are most rewarding upon close inspection?

 Which is a picture you would do differently; how? (This is not meant to be “advice” to the maker.)

 Which picture makes logical or surprising use of the space within the frame?

 Think of something you can say about your own pictures that will help the rest of us to appreciate them, or to understand them better.


Pictures courtesy of Ms. Parrish.

Going Back Versus Going Backwards

skrudland-35-73608196This was the place that processed my first rolls from my little Ansco 620. It was near where my Dad worked, on Diversey, and he took his documentation pictures for work there as well. Later I was pleased to see that Skrudland had moved out to Palatine. That location, on Rand Road, is now Flash Imaging Center. For those of us who are currently shooting film without a (dark) room of one’s own, here’s the good news. Imagine sending in a roll a week, and reveling in one’s accumulation after a year.


(Thanks, Jeni.)

This next item is best summed up by their own statement: “a fun toy.” I picture four guys splitting the rent somewhere in Bucktown.



Good luck to all teams.

The History of Photography (at Barrington High School)


Here it comes, people: we’re mounting an exhibit of work from students of photography (and teachers) at Borington Huge School over the decades. The work of alumni has gone in so many directions, and ‘twould be good to represent all the years in our big show, whether the pieces be from hah thkoo, art school, commercial jobs, journalistic jobs, or wherever. Send us a couple of  pieces, unmounted or framed, and we’ll get them back to you afterward.


Get in touch with us at https://www.facebook.com/#!/bhsphoto or right here.

UPDATE: The work is accumulating nicely, and we’re still trying to get the word out to more good workers of other years. If you think of someone who should be included please don’t hesitate to have them contact us. Time is of the essence: the exhibit will be mounted on September 30! Also, a reception is now scheduled for Friday, Rocktober 11.

UPPERDATE: It’s looking as though the installation will take the better part of two days. At least four of the current and former Photography teachers will be in attendance at the reception, now confirmed as 6:30 to 8:00 on the evening of the 11th. Although participation is huge, some key alumni are still not represented, so we’ll accept whatever work for which there is room.

*UPDATE* Go look at https://photodevoto.com/2013/11/11/histo-fodo-recapitulation/

W. o’ W.: Ray Anderson

‘When human beings laugh or smile, they are in a state of grace.”




(Mostly, he plays trombone.)

Vox Populi Dixit






Diana Nyad Is My Age!


On her fifth try over 35 years Ms. Nyad was able to swim from Cuba to Florida, in just under 53 hours.

“I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.”