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July 17, 2007


Claire, you have a really good eye. All your photos are just wonderful. I'm not just saying that, I mean it.

I'd like to buy a print of the peonies above. It's so pretty, I just love it.

How much?

Thank you, BG! This my favorite print (and my first!). Some of my rolls did not turn out well, either due to me developing them poorly or screwing up exposure.

I have two prints of this, and one of them had dust on the negative and white spots on the print. If I get a chance to print another, I will for you.

Great. No pressure. No rush. It's so pretty. I just dragged The Skimmer into my office to look at it. He loved it too. Kudos all around.

Claire- that all sounds so wonderful! I love what you said about being uncomfortable. That's a great lesson, one that needs to be shared more and more. I think people (especially younger ones) believe that it all should be protective, coddling, etc.

I also love this:
"Plus the community built around the CPC is something I've been looking for the entire time I've lived in the city."

Sounds like you've found a gem. That is so not to be taken for granted.

I agree with BG and Jennifer, great picture and congratulations!

I love the convenience of the digital camera, but there's something about film.

Kind of like the difference between synthetic fabrics and real silk or wool.

Jeanne, you have a real point there. As a former projectionist, there was an art to 35mm film projection. This is not the case with digital projection.

Remember when black and white was described as thrilling and vibrant? Check out the Third Man with Orson Welles. Some movies would not be as powerful in color.

Third Man is a bitchin' flick.

And Claire, your photo is pretty bitchin' too. Like I said...

That sounds like a fun class. I'd like to learn more about photography, too.

I have always admired and enjoyed your photos, Claire. But I feel almost sure that if someone showed me the picture you posted today, I would imagine an established art-photographer had shot it. The perspective and detail are mesmerizing, which is a rare and exciting experience for the person looking in (and this does not even account for the flattening effect of putting it on a screen.)
Photography like painting, drawing, and music are arts I deeply appreciate--and am keenly grateful to behold--as an especially intimate but public way of communicating. What's happening with the art enlightens and intrigues me, perhaps all the more because I can't imagine attempting such a feat myself.

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