We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness.
David Orr from "Earth in Mind"

Oct 1, 2007

A Step into the Past

August 9th 1919 during ship week, when all the sailors come to New York. My grandmother and friends took a few of them up to Riverside Park for a picnic. This is the same park as in the picture of Alder in Baby No More (a recent post).

Hannah Brandt, my grandmother in 1916 or 17. She designed purses and costume jewelry until she married at the old age of 27.

September 2 1918, in front of her sister's house out in Brooklyn.

I've been thinking about how much pleasure and ease having a digital camera brings. Back when these pictures were taken it was a big deal. They weren't done by a professional but cameras were taken out for special occasions and not everyone had one. It is nice to be able to discard images I don't like but I want to start approaching the camera with more reverence, it is an artists media not just a recorder.

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