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Shadows from the Past

"Photograph everything. Soon enough, it too will be gone.
History needs to be recorded, because if we don’t know the direction
we came from, we have no way of knowing where we are heading"
Les Brown
 

1870 - 80s

Fred Kruger

Born Germany 1831

Arrived Australia 1860

Died 1888

 

For an interesting commentary on Fred Kruger and some of his images see Art Blart

When a photograph outlives the body it becomes a memorial, even a way to ward off oblivion...

 

In the late 1920s Charles Daniel Pratt combined his military piloting experience from WW1 with aerial photography and started taking detailed aerial photographs of Victorian locations. ‘Airspy' is a wonderful collection of Charles’ very detailed aerial photographs; focusing on cities, towns and selected locations between the two world wars. 

Source: Dannielle Orr, City of Greater Bendigo's Heritage Planner, wrote of Charles Pratt in the Bendigo Advertiser

Introduce me to Charles Daniel Pratt

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"All that remained was the photo. It was orphaned from its source, and that source would be remembered by only this one angle, this single point of view, under precisely these lighting conditions." 

Teju Cole, Essay in The Weekend Australian,

January 16-17, 2016.

Weston Langford

 
1960s

The photograph gives us a memory of something many of us have never seen.

Les Brown

 
1960s

 

"Photography is at the nerve centre

of our paradoxical memorial impulses:

we need it there for how it helps us frame our losses,

but we can also sense it crowding in

on ongoing experience, imposing closure... 

 

John Henry Harvey 

(1855 - 1938)

               "...one of the greatest amateur photographers of the 19th Century..." 

“What I like about photographs

is that they capture a moment

that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
Karl Lagerfeld

 
Includes culturally sensitive images

"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition

in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908) 2004)

Robert Pockley

 
1940s

This must surely be one of the last aerial photos taken of the Cement Works...

Note: number of kilns, aerial conveyor belt and the rail-line connecting to North Geelong

Robert Pockley Studios - Undated

I think this image truly captures the mood of the times...

Detail from Robert Pockley Studio's photograph ~ currently on display in Osborne House, Geelong

"When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel

the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice ..."

Robert Frank, photographer

 

Thomas J. Washbourne

 

Thomas J Washbourne was active photographically: 1868- 1888.

 

During this period he published a series of stereoscopic photographs of views in Victoria, primarily of the Melbourne and Geelong districts with a focus on everyday life, waterfalls, bridges, towns and views of pastoral holdings and landscapes.

He worked in Geelong during the 1860s, operating a photographic studio in Geelong West (1875 ~1880) and North Geelong (1888).

 

In the late 1860s Washbourne commenced a series of studio portraits of local Aboriginal people. Examples of Washbourne's work are held by the State Library of Victoria and within the Historic Photographs Collection, University of Sydney.
 

Sources:

National Portrait Gallery

Design and Art Auslralia Online

National Library of Australia TROVE

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965)

 

Harold Parker

“A photograph is a secret about a secret.

The more it tells you the less you know.”

Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971)

 

George Stawicki

Wow! What a great surprise!
The photo I have been waiting for...
And, it was there - under my very nose - all the time...

Slideshow includes both overview and detail from George's original 1989 image 

Photograph on display in Osborne House, Geelong

Geelong photographer, George Stawicki, specialises in:

  • aerial photography

  • weddings

  • portraits

  • buildings and architecture.

Aerial View of Cement Works, Fyansford

Photographed by G. and D. Stawicki, 1981

Source: Geelong Heritage Centre

 
 

“In photography there is a reality

so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” 

Alfred Stieglitz (1864 – 1946)

Serendipity...

noun  ser·en·dip·i·ty \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\

luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for

 

Serendipity meaning a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise" was coined by Horace Walpole in a letter dated 28 January 1754.

Serendipity! I love it...

Like alluvial gold it radiates excitement, overflows with potential, stimulates imagination and initiates further endeavour....

 

If a Gen Fyansford neighbour hadn't:

  • stumbled across my website

  • been aware of some photos which her husband had kept; photos that originally belonged to a friend of his father, who, in turn, had received them from his father and

  • been prepared to share them with me

we would have all been so much the poorer...

Thanks, Alexandra Casboult!

Here is my latest Serendipity Image
  • What is the photo titled?
  • Who was the photographer?
  • When was the photograph taken?
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Stereoscopic photography is the art of capturing and displaying two slightly offset photographs to create a single three-dimensional image. See: Stereo Photography

Gallery of Serendipity Images
As forwarded to me by Alexandra Casboult
 
 
This unit grows from the Serendipity section.

“The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact

over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.” 

Anne Geddes (1956)

 

A somewhat Rural perspective...

 "I began to realize that the camera sees the world differently than the human eye and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph

more powerful than what you actually observed"

Galen Rowell

The Barwon River Valley

 

“Photography can only represent the present.

Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.” 

Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991)

 
Outing on the Moorabool 
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 
Ansel Adams
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For the best ever gallery of exhibits

from the famous, now historic,

Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum

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There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Ansel Adams

K. L. Cecil ~ as posted by Peter Cecil

Hey! Great, mate!

And the nuggets keep turning up...

Cheers, Keith!

 

I love the detail in K. L. Cecil 's image

 

A must read by Nikki Gemmell

Weekend Australian Magazine,  April 14, 2018

Speaking of the non-digital image, Nikki observes,

"...there's a quietness to our antique ways of looking, a totality of focus,

a slowness ..... We believed photos then; yet in the age of social media, we don't, quite.  Everything is so posed, deleted, re-shot. The photographer of old captured; now we all curate."

She also comments,

""And, horrors, around a third of photos now taken will remain frozen forever on accounts where the password's been forgotten, or the phone has been lost or broken, or they're trapped on obsolete hard drives, making them inaccessible to us and future generations."

Gone in a flash...

 

Postcards

A postcard is usually a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. In some places a postcard costs less to post than a letter. Collectors (deltiologists) distinguish between postcards (which require a stamp) and postal cards (which have the postage pre-printed on them). While a postcard is usually printed by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority.

The world's oldest postcard was mailed in London, England, in 1840.

 

Source:  Wikipedia

Postcards of old...