“Don’t Look Back – That’s Not Where We Are Going…”

20140814_6358web Gulf of Mexico – Off Cedar Key, Florida

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Taste of freedom: what the closure of the first Moscow McDonald’s means for Russia today…

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First McDonald’s in Moscow (1992). Photograph: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

This reblog is totally off the subject for my blog. However, I think it is an extremely poignant story that needs to be paid attention to and its implications need to be understood by all of us.

I have written before about how wonderful I felt those years of early blogging and when photography sites and posts from almost all over the world appeared and there was a wonderful exchange of ideas and art and culture. I am still in awe of the fact that I had my work published in a Turkish design magazine and also in one of the big Russian photo publications.

By Mitya Kushelevich

“The opening of McDonald’s in Moscow in 1990 was a defining moment in the history of the Soviet Union, coming a year before its collapse. Mitya Kushelevich recalls his first-ever visit and explains why its shuttering matters…”

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“The Outboard….”

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The unusual location of the outboard motor on bird-dog boats.

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“Prints…”

20140814_6279copywebI am in the process of making 13×19 inch color prints for the crew. Here is the cropped color version of an earlier image.

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“The Print…”

20140829_6515web…is still ‘where it is’ for me. And no matter what dyed in the wool darkroom printers might say [I used to be one] I really do love making inkjet prints. My favorite paper is Museo Silver Rag, but at the moment it is a bit too pricey for me. So instead of coming close to that kind of paper/surface I went in the opposite direction and bought some matte fine art paper from Red River. Color management with Photoshop and the printer has never been my strong suite. After some initial failures and extensive correspondence with tech support at Red River I finally got my work-flow under control. Then my Epson R3000 printer was having problems with feeding the paper from the ‘sheet feed’ setting and I had to go the ‘front end – fine art’ route – it took me a while to figure that out correctly. I think I have it down now – so I made a borderless 13×19 inch print on Aurora Art Natural from my recent claming photos. It was made in jpg format with my little Sony Cybershot TX10. I am totally happy with the the print, shown above. It’s from a ‘quick & dirty’ snapshot & one can’t really correctly reproduce how the print looks this way, but I just wanted to pass on my experience with the process.

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“Too Many Choices?…”

20140827_6439webCan black & white photos ‘live’ side by side with color photos in a documentary portfolio? I tend to think so, but would really be hard pressed to edit, print and hang such a selection.
[More sorting as clams come out of the other end of the tumbler. Next they will go to a machine where they will be sorted by size and bagged.]

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“Processing…II”

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Working off the transom of the bird-dog.

[I am still trying to get the colors to look and 'feel' right.]
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“Processing…”

20140827_6448webInitial processing of the clams – off loading them from the boat’s transom [left] and picking out debris, feeding them into the tumbler where they will be rinsed and any additional debris will fall out.

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“The Colors of Claming…II”

20140814_6365copyweb Clam bags, ‘sea grass’ and working gloves on-board the Keyshore bird-dog, off Cedar Key, Gulf of Mexico.

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“Framing…”

20140821_6426web…I am in the middle of framing up my matted 16×20 inch photos for the upcoming exhibit. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am using Format frames for the job because they look good and were the least costly framing alternative, other than using framing clips. While I do like the look of the frames they are devilish to work with. First the tend to break during shipping. I get mine now from Pioneer Photo Albums. They are very good about replacing frames broken in shipment. The best thing I found when ordering the 16×20 ones is to order them in multiples of six. They are packed that way by the manufacturer and when placed inside a cushioned box for shipping, usually do pretty well. These frames are not at all like Nielsen frames or the frames I like to get from American Frame. They are in one piece and one has to pop out the glass and place the mat or photo in the frame and then pop the glass back in. So there is absolutely no wiggle room as there is with Nielsen type frames. Using a metal straight edge and a razor knife I have been able to trim down my mats so far. Some have been ever so slightly too large. If they were to be too small that would be a problem. Once the glass is popped back in the picture is ready to hang!

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“The Way We Worked…”

841201-09wwwebHere is an other print I plan to put into the upcoming exhibit – John Bamford out on his boat, pulling crab traps off Cedar Key – 30 years ago.

[Tri-X, 35mm SLR]

 

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“The Colors of Claming…”

20140814_6366webThe Keyshore bird-dog off Cedar Key, Gulf of Mexico.

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“Fifty Shades of Clams…”

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On the  Keyshore boat off Cedar Key, Gulf of Mexico.

 

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“Heading Home…”

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The Keyshore bird-dog off Cedar Key, Gulf of Mexico.

 

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“Up Anchor…”

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 The Keyshore bird-dog off Cedar Key, Gulf of Mexico.

 

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