is an American photographer who has been working with distinct and very analog photographic tools to achieve her images. Last night we went to the Phoenix Art Museum to 'meet the artist
' and Linda spoke about her work and answered questions. She had a lovely, engaging personality; wonderful story telling; and the comfort in public speaking that comes from those who have spent a lot of their life teaching in universities and colleges. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I must admit, I found her work somewhat bland as black and white photography normally focuses on the strong contrasts between white as pure light and black as deep shadow. Her photographs were more sepia-ish and middle tonal. Which I thought odd. It meant you had to look very closely at the photographs to determine the detail rather than the fleeting glance black and white normally allows.
However, once she started speaking about her production technique and the technologies she uses, the style of the photography became more apparent. It is a limitation of her technology in reality.
She uses 'printing out' paper which is an old technology from the 19thC that is one-to-one in ration, but also exposes over time until a fixant is applied. She exposes her photographs in her backyard using sunlight. She mentioned a photo that is hopelessly over-exposed can take up to two days to be put on film.
The camera itself is some big Charlie Chaplin like caricature of a camera. It is on a big wooden stand, has the bellows, and even the black cloth cape over the back. It has a large soft lens as she described it so artifacts like movement and diffusion are common in her photographs. It also means, she does not see the photo until she brings all the negatives back to the US and develops them in her backyard. She said she often took many shots of a scene for that reason.
I enjoyed it. Linda was easy and entertaining to listen to and the technology she uses makes her photographs much more interesting to re-look at.
The Phoenix Art Museum has a photography policy which I was warned about and then given a flyer on when I paid the ten dollars to enter. I carry around a Canon XSI with me pretty much everywhere and as a result when I was walking around was reminded that a section had a no photography policy. This is the policy on the flyer:
Visitors may take photographs in the Museum for their personal enjoyment. To protect the objects being photographed, the copyright privileges of their creators and/or owners, and the safety of our visitors, however, there are certain restrictions on taking photography in the museum.
1. Still photography of the permanent collection, taken in existing light and without flash, is permitted on the condition that the photographs are solely for personal, non-commercial use.
2. Flashes and tripods, as well as movie and video cameras, are prohibited.
3. Photographs my not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.
4. Works on loan to the Museum or in exhibitions may not be photographed. If you have any questions, please ask a Security Officer or Gallery Attendant.
I have sympathy for the no flashes or tripods rule; the no movie cameras seems over the top. And I seriously doubt that restricting photographs for personal use only is not legal under copyright law. It seems overly restrictive and totally unnecessary in my opinion.
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Most Popular Restaurants in Phoenix
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Most Popular Hikes in Arizona
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Alternate Australian Constitutions
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
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South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
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Who Is Cam Riley
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.
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