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Sunday, 11 October 2020


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Speaking of then and now, Howard Schatz has been following the subjects of some of his photographs since before they were born through today, more than 20 years!

Inmediately thought about this amazing project by argentinian photographer Irina Werning:
There's a book available.

I really like that The Rephotographic Survey Project book too. The process and travel involved seem very appealling to me (just as much as the results).

The UK photographer Don McCullin, once suggested that a ten-year-old photograph is inevitably history. Though that necessitates it surviving ten years to be viewed. Captions attached, with dates, place, and individual names are also mightily useful.

However, a ten-year wait isn’t necessary to show the inevitability of time. Nicholas Nixon’s series, “The Brown Sisters” is both a wonderful and disconcerting examination of ageing. An annual photograph, starting in 1974 of his wife, BeBe, and her three sisters, always facing the camera in the same order. Another such formal study was made by Steve Pyke, of his son, from birth onwards.

In a somewhat similar vein, many years ago, when young, I became intrigued by the logo illustration on Cerebos salt. A running boy, a can of Cerebos in an extended hand, chasing a chicken while pouring salt on its tail, to emphasise its free flowing properties, even in the damp of the British Isles. In turn, the tiny can depicted in the boy’s hand showed another miniature version of himself and chicken, and so on ad infinitum.

Sometimes, my photography is a limited incarnation of the multiple Cerebos boy and chicken. After making a picture of someone, wherever possible I give them a print. For example, for ten years my wife and I made annual visits to her home city in China. Though a provincial capital, in Chinese terms it has developed slowly, allowing elements of an old village to survive as new buildings went up around it.

When first photographing at the market there, I was merely a strange “long nose”. The following year I took back prints, leading to new pictures of people with their year old photographs. The market clown, clowning while he presented his photograph of him clowning to the camera. The serious women, holding her photograph, while looking a little less stern. The bicycle repair guy, seated in the same spot still surrounded by bicycles, amused that nothing had changed. But it had. We were all a year older, despite the little time machines prints. Repeating the process on each subsequent return increased the mutual pleasures of these brief engagements.

Does the sleeve indicate a Chamonix owner in the clan?

I have never been able to figure out posting images here, but we have done a similar thing with my son. At Epcot in Walt Disney World in the Italian section, there is a donkey statue pulling a brightly painted cart.

Back in 2005 or so, son went up to the donkey and grabbed it by the bridle. I quickly snapped the image.

So every time we go back, I coax him to go up to the donkey so I can get another addition to the theme. The problem is that the donkey and cart keep moving, so we have to hunt them down.

Is ziggy just a pup?
If so he is a littermate of Jasmine, just 7 years younger. The new neighbor down the street has an older grey muzzled version. (I just moved) Both ours are mutts from shelters 300 miles apart. Both are about 60 lbs (27kg). Both have fine hair, not coarse German Shepherd hair.
https://pbase.com/bopbop/image/171119550 (with granddaughter)
(pBase is my go to quick display photo aggregator.)

If Ziggy reaches about that weight, have Xander contact me and we can all apply to the AKC for a new dog breed designation.

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

― Will Rogers

The dogs are a good part of a full life. Good friends and at times good car guards when you are out and about.

Here's my "then and now" sequence. From 2001, just after we moved to Israel:


to 2018:

https://flic.kr/p/2bcmr5m .

[Those are great. Fine-looking young people Scott! --Mike]

Soon to be Xiggy

In my new photo memoir "From the Bronx to Berlin and Beyond" documenting some of my international development work, I had the good fortune to capture an image of a Polish colleague with her baby Joasia swaddled in a project-themed T-shirt back in 1997, and another from 2016 with Joasia all grown up but with the same themed T-shirt. See the last two images in the sample gallery at:
My favorite approach is still the amazing "Brown Sisters" series by Nicholas Nixon mentioned by John in an earlier comment.

I believe the retrophotography project is somewhat simplified in places like Disney World by placing "Kodak Picture Point" stickers on the ground in selected locations :-).

Or maybe that was just 30 years ago and they stopped; I've never been there myself.

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