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Andrew McDonald‘s blog post “A Pictorial Guide to Avoiding Camera Loss” made me laugh.  What a clever idea, and a perfectly executed one at that!  I like the way this guy thinks.  He recently published a children’s book called The Greatest Blogger In The World, which I think I need to buy because I imagine it is what my life would have been like if I had been born ten years later.

I was literally laughing out loud yesterday when I looked around the “Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photo-Collage” exhibit at the Met. The exhibit features a collection of aristocratic Victorian women’s collages, made by combining detailed watercolor drawings with photographs. The pieces are beautiful, quirky, and absurd. The exhibit runs at the Met until May 9th, 2010, and then moves on to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Don’t miss it!  Here is a page dated to the 1870s from the Madame B Album by Marie-Blanche-Hennelle Fournier:

Found via MUGJoe’s NYC is the nearly-daily photo blog of photographer Joseph O. Holmes.  Holmes’ photographs are stunning, vivid glimpses of New York City moments.  I could spend hours clicking through his site, seeing my favorite city through his eyes.  How do I choose just one photo to share here?  They are all worth posting, but I will pick this photo taken in Times Square and posted on November 4th, 2009, as I love the silhouette:

Oh, how vividly I remember playing “Exquisite Corpse” in middle school art class.  One person would draw a head and shoulders on a piece of paper, fold it over so that only part of the shoulders were visible, and hand the page to the next person.  She would draw the chest, fold the paper, hand it over.  The next person would draw down to the knees, fold the paper, hand it over, and before we knew it, we had an entire monstrous body.

Last year, a group of photographers started Exquisite Corpse Photo, a project they describe thus: “One photographer posts a photo that is in direct response to the previous photo in the queue. Whether that is based on content or aesthetic is up to the photographer.  Sometimes these connections are not completely evident to the viewer upon first glance.”

The resulting visual dialogue is astounding.  I would post some images here, but can’t imagine how I would pull photos out of the context of the entire project.  So just go to Exquisite Corpse Photo and see for yourself.

While thinking about restoring and using my old Kodak Brownie cameras, I came across The Brownie Camera Page, a wonderful and thorough source for all things Brownie camera related, from scans of instructional booklets and advertisements to information about how to use modern film in place of discontinued film.  If you’re interested in photography, the site is definitely worth checking out, even if you don’t have a Brownie.

I mostly post about other people’s work on this blog, but since I am currently planning my next walk around the perimeter of Manhattan, I thought I’d make a small exception and post a link to my set of photographs from my first walk around the perimeter on May 30th, 2009.  It’s really a phenomenal way to see the city from a new perspective, so I recommend you walk it one day with some friends or the Shorewalkers,  who host an annual Great Saunter around the island’s perimeter.

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