Monthly Archives: March 2010

On Observing the Pain of Others

Morgan & the Chair Observing the pain of others is, well, all we can do. We cannot experience their pain vicariously. We cannot take the pain from them. We can only hope that meds (narcotic and non-narcotic) can reduce the … Continue reading

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“I Only Read It for the Articles”

Olivia Reclines 15 We’ve all heard that line, right? It became pretty much a joke back in the Fifties and Sixties. It even merits its own Google search. When I was first informed I had been chosen to be one … Continue reading

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The Pacific

Sensual Victoria 14 I almost didn’t have a main subject for this morning, until watching the third episode from HBO’s new series, The Pacific, last night. The bulk of the episode dealt with Marine veterans from Guadalcanal on R&R in … Continue reading


Where Have You Been All My Life?

Meg – City Limits As mentioned, yesterday was Met opera. And what an opera! Ambroise Thomas (French, so no doubt pronounced “Toe-mah”) wrote Hamlet in the mid-nineteenth century, and it premiered at the Paris Opera in 1868. Lushly melodic as … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Take My Picture, Part Deux

Bridget Some comments (both useful and contentious) on my original post, which bear discussion. First, from reader and sometime commenter “KS”: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — the Golden Rule I always found the … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Mayla’s Torso 35 (No, not the one just above.) Put yourself in this guy’s shoes: You are driving along in Virginia. You see a worthy photo subject (a rusting locomotive) and stop to take a picture, spending a minimum of … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Take My Picture

Olivia High Key 34 Yes, Dave, we are creeping closer, ever closer, to the subject of the ethics of street photography. I want to throw a few fictional scenarios at you. In what follows, for each scenario, we’ll examine four … Continue reading

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Depressing Letters Home

Mayla’s Torso 9 Despite their public bravado, and the uninformed posturing of their king (“once these rebels have felt a smart blow, they will submit”), it appears that British authorities actually on site were more pessimistic — in 1776. This … Continue reading

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Diane Arbus Was Not a Street Photographer

Catherine and Fabrics As a response to some comments back on “The Telephoto Lens Fallacy” post, I provided a list of photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Weegee (Arthur Fellig), Robert Frank, Alfred Stieglitz, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, … Continue reading

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Pardon Me, Sir, May I Take Your Picture?

Victoria & the Box 5 I show two examples of street photography (of thousands available) to illustrate the illogic (if not outright absurdity) of the proposition that a street photographer must ask permission before shooting: Sure, some among you will … Continue reading

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