Hitting the train museum on the way home from Packer Lake. Just like last year. Still very much a family trip rather than a real museum exhibition. As a father to two little boys though, this place comes pretty close to heaven for them. The cashiers at the gift shop have some hilarious stories about how parents have to drag their kids out kicking and screaming.
Most of Packer involves taking the same hikes and visiting favorite haunts. I photograph these of course but since they’re variants of the same thing, I can be more choosy about which photos I truly like and am not taking photos just to show where I went.
This year though we took a new hike to the top of Mount Elwell. New hike means I overdocumented it and have enough photos for a standalone post. We’ve avoided this hike for a long time since it looked nasty—hot, exposed, not pretty. Weather looked good this trip to avoid the heat and exposure so we decided to give it a try. Much to our surprise, the hike turned out to be very nice with a constant breeze, well-maintained trail, and excellent views.
So not just a new hike to say we did. But one to add to the rotation of hikes to return to each year.
Family photos from this year’s packer trip. It really is a family trip and I do spend a lot of time taking photos of my family there.
Same trip as previous years. This may be the first year since I’ve started the blog though that I spent an entire week there. This is also the first time I’ve taken a TLR* hiking. Only a few of those photos are here but it was good to learn that I enjoy hiking with that camera.
*In this case a YashicaMat 124G
Continuing from July. Still mostly family photos. I’m happy to have gotten through two months this month!
It’s been an interesting two weeks. The White Guy Photography posts brought in way more traffic than I’ve ever seen. I was ready for a surge of negative feedback but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive feedback I’ve received. So thanks for all the support and to everyone who shared the article.
I should also specifically thank the Flickr user* who suggested that I read The Photograph as an Intersection of Gazes: The Example of National Geographic and Double Take: Diary of A Relationship With An Image. My posts were mainly written from the point of view of me examining my own opinions. To receive suggestions for exploring and really thinking about those opinions is really why I have the blog.
*He contacted me privately so I’m letting him stay private.
And I should thank Tom Griggs for putting together a very nice response to my posts which says a lot of what I was fumbling around in a much better way.
I’m not sure how many people have decided to stick around, but for those that have, here’s an updated jumping-in post of where to start on this mostly-photography (but not exclusively) blog.
First, general photography posts.
- Freshly Pressed. My previous jumping-in spot. Most of the links in here I reference a lot.
- Looking at Photos. The post which got me Freshly Pressed. Probably still the best thing I’ve written here.
- AP Art History. A short post observing where photography appears to sit in the AP Art History canon.
- Boston. Looking at various versions and crops from the Boston Marathon Bombing.
- Chris Hadfield. Thinking about the effect that his photos had on me in terms of reigniting some of the wonder of space travel that I felt as a child. I also put together a gallery of my favorites of his photos.
Photography exhibition reviews which I’ve written, and am proud of, since the Freshly Pressed post.
Photo books I’ve looked through and written about.
- Linda Butler’s Yangtze Remembered
- Eliot Porter’s Down the Colorado and The Place No One Knew
- Timothy H. O’Sullivan’s King Survey Photographs
Random photo-related silliness.
And I put together a portfolio of sorts. A few commenters pointed out that despite my claim that I take mainly family photos, my portfolio is pretty much devoid of people. This is indeed true. My portfolio is exclusively photos I shot at my work—most often during my lunch break but also after arriving in the morning or before departing in the evening. It represents an easy-to-bite-off chunk of my photography which can be consolidated into a single project. There are no people because I was taking photos as a way to get away from my coworkers for 30 minutes or so.
As for why I don’t have a portfolio of my family photos? Simples. I have no idea where to begin with the thousands of family photos on my computer.
“Mama, why don’t you drink the blood?”
“You just eat the body.”
It looks like someone has been paying attention during mass. I’m glad I’m not the Catholic parent who has to explain the miracle of transubstantiation to him. My first instinct is to say that it’s not real blood. But I know that’s undercutting what my wife would like him to believe so I’m letting her do the main explaining here.*
*He’ll make his own decision when he’s ready.
However, between this and his poop song, I do have to admit that I’m enjoying watching him grapple with religion and how it fits into the everyday world.