Sunday, November 25, 2012

Picturing People

I came across a sweet little photography book at a local thrift shop, How to make Good Pictures, A guide for the amateur photographer, published by the Eastman Kodak Company, in 1951.

Reading this book, I was struck by the realization that despite many technological advances and the advent of digital photography, the art of making pictures has not changed at all.

When you picture a person, you want a natural, truthful rendering — a “speaking likeness.” You want your subject to appear exactly as you know him.

So forget about formal portraits. Leave them to the studio photographer . . . Devote your efforts to informal portraiture — your subject in his natural environment, his natural activities . . .

Picture folks as you know them — and in their natural surroundings — not all stiff, and starched, and “prettied up” for the camera.


On this Thanksgiving Day, warm and sunny, I brought home a full heart thanks to family, a full belly thanks to Mom’s country cooking, and a full story thanks to my camera. 


  1. Pictures turned out great!! We sure had a good meal and ate it up looking at our empty plates!! It was a great day :)

    1. I am so thankful for my sisters! Thanks for leaving a comment!

  2. Gorgeous . . . that last picture should be in a book on taking photographs . . . love seeing your family . . . your boys! . . . this is your world and you have made it accessible to everyone . . . I feel I know them all . . . I'm trying not to be jealous over the Bull's Eye camera which amazingly I don't have . . . (do these annoying elipses remind you of anybody?)

  3. Thanks for stopping by! Of course it makes sense that you feel just a bit jealous of the vintage camera . . . after all we share a love of things that are old, things that tell a story, things that are broken, or rusty, and people who go unnoticed by some. If it makes you feel any better I covet your entire house full of treasures.

    You are kind to take the time to get to know my family . . . and we invite you to join the mix. We are a bunch of nuts. Are you a little squirrely? You'll fit right in.

    As you can plainly see, I can talk ellipses with the best of them . . .


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