Is this a photograph of Emily Dickinson?
I'm inclined to think so. It's an albumen print, a copy of an earlier daguerreotype, and was purchased on eBay by Philip F. Gura in 2000. You can read the complete story here. The important facts: 1) "Emily Dickinson" is written on the back in pencil. 2) A forensic anthropologist says that he can't say it's NOT Emily Dickinson. 3) It looks like her. Just look at the known photograph of her below, and add maybe ten years and twenty pounds:
It's her, right? But we'll probably never know for sure. Things like this drive me crazy.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Happy Summer Solstice! Here are some pictures of weirdos at Stonehenge. I was nearly one of them, last year, but I was sick and my professor told me that the crowds were crazy. Maybe I'll go next year.
The pictures are from Wales Online and Washington Post.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I don't know if I've shown these photos here before; I found them on my computer, and they weren't on my Flickr.
1. My great-grandparents (left), a friend, and my great-grandmother (right).
2. My great-grandmother (far left) and friends.
3. My great-grandmother (left) and a friend.
4. My great-grandmother (far left) and friends on a lake.
5. My great-grandmother (far right) and friends.
6. My great-grandmother and grandmother.
7. My grandmother on the beach.
8. A picnic; my grandmother is the child in the center.
Friday, June 17, 2011
This feels like the first J. Crew catalog in forever that was actually shot on some sort of location rather than in a bright white studio, and I love it. Maybe they'll go back to Scotland for winter! If I were a J. Crew photographer, I'd use it as an excuse to travel around the British Isles. One catalog could be shot among the remains of an English castle, another on the ancient Ridgeway. The city of Oxford would make a brilliant location for a J. Crew photo shoot. Obviously, J. Crew needs to hire me to make these kinds of decisions for them.
As a side note - I adore that second picture. It's like one of those games: "How Many Preppy Things Can You Spot in this Picture?" Let's see, for starters, we have lobsters, booze, an Oxford button-down, and I presume from the rest of the catalog that they are on a yacht ... See how many you can find!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
These are some pictures of my grandfather taken in Europe during World War II; he was a medic (he's in the middle in the first photo and the left in the second photo). He enlisted when he was 18. When the war ended, he was my age, and became an American citizen (he was born in Canada, but lived in the United States since he was a child).