Welcome and thanks for looking. This was borrowed from YouTube this AM on the occasion of the death of Pete Seeger. One of America’s more dedicated environmentalists and left leaning social consciences. Pete died yesterday at the age of 94. He was a social activists who sparked movement with his songs and his banjo playing. Indicted and convicted of consorting with communists in the later 1950s he spent a year in prison. This song “Knee Deep in the Big Muddy” references LBJ and the Vietnam war. When Pete first performed it o the Smothers Brothers show it was snatched off the air by the censors. Later on it was played on the air.
I like pictures, stories, and pictures that tell stories. I think any decent photograph tells us at least a fragment of a story. I am especially interested in the concept of place and a sense of place. I started thinking about this in a more serious fashion about ten years ago. My interest was spurred by my realization that I had no sense of place and really had never had one. When asked to develop a course for a First Year Seminar I realized that most first year students were undergoing a significant change in place and began to pay attention to how the University helped with that change. I designed my course around photographs (all taken with the student’s cell phones) and interviews that they worked into “Digital Stories.” The final project was titled “Sights/Sites”and was always very successful (the kids liked it!).
I am also interested in the history of photography, really history in general as reflected in photography. I taught this for seven years and it was a successful and well subscribed course. Sort of one of those things one falls into due to academic needs of the department. This blog will provide me the impetus to keep thinking and writing about things photographic from an historical and cultural perspective.
I am a retired MD, and a newly retired photography instructor the past 12 years. In this site/blog I hope to show some photographs and tell some stories–most will be related, but not all. I have had the good fortune to travel a fair amount, I am keenly interested in people and the documentary process. I hope to post some of my old essays, write some new ones, and supplement that with some photographs in this blog. It seems a good thing to do in retirement. Get started by clicking on “Photoblog” above.