Masking Ignorance

among the drewids

some names are changed to protect the foolish from direct embarrassment
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// post of equipment available for sale by friend and expert//

// then Call
I’ll try to keep my ears open. I am frequently in correspondence with young folks wanting to learn general masking, either b&w, or now, color neg. Condit gear was the best, and with some patience, someone will need it. I’ve successfully turned some of them on to similar offerings.
Getit while you can! Might be a good idea to note general condition, since matched, clean gear
is what one needs. Are the various punches and registration pins all matched? Drew

// then Response
Dear Drew,

Forgive my obtuseness, but I’m not sure what “matched” means. I can
tell you that this is all gear I was using to make 4 x 5 separations
for the past 20 years, so if that answers your question, good. If
not, you’ll have to put in terms I understand.

Clean? Of course it’s not clean. It’s darkroom equipment that’s been
in use for two decades by me and who knows how long before that (I
got it used). It works just fine, but cosmetically? It’s used. So
far as I could ever tell, nothing is damaged, save for the broken end
on one of the four glass inserts (two duplicate sets) that I
mentioned in the original e-mail, which doesn’t intrude into the
working area for 4 x 5 seps.

Again, though, I may be misunderstanding what you’re concerned about.

If someone is seriously interested, I can make photographs and send them along.

I’d much rather sell it through our circle than put it up on eBay.
Much less hassle, and I prefer to deal with friends rather than
strangers (or, at least, acquaintances of friends).

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 lookers lurkers
 zombies
 

 ratio: 178 / 20
 atLuLa claim 1.2 mm  yet most onlin 750 in 2008 april 07
 

 all about camera
 

 abstraction:
 What lens mostly used for abstract or macro with LF?
 
 he first one reminds me of an astro-photograph, a nebula or some-such.
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 Ultrastable color system of Charles Berger, and about Tod Gangler of Seattle, and perhaps John Bentley
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 why they resist change
 sunk cost. lost opportunity. failed skillset.
 location dependent subjects
 opposed to loud space. eye movement
 Lik Briot LuLa style is a shock to their reverence. closet conservatives
 

 Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?
 As I think Robert Adams said somewhere (might be "Beauty in Photography" or it might have been in personal correspondence), photography is always new because the world we photograph is always new from moment to changing moment. But he was big on the idea that photography should be about the world and not our own petty preoccupations.
 Thanks,
 Kirk
 parulr
 My bigger point with all this ... that the more you're aware of your influences, the more choice you have in how to respond to them. 
 One choice is to actively expand the sphere of your influences. Which I think is called education.
 — early(iest) post
 aug 2004 about schneider 210mm lens
 and the only active “expert” merg ross
 aug 2002 begins with request for shopping source 

Expert seeking sales counter.

Words Follow Pictures

re-reading Ursula Le Guin, and Teju Cole: No Time to Spare, and Blind Spot

I jump between books. My method is stick scraps of paper into sections; marking phrases. I also read online; a dozen regulars, daily. Additional plunkings into the photocounter blogs, those places that are based upon the internet ‘click’ counter. 

I’m not going to direct you to them, preferring to let them grow their own way.

Having My Cake

Ursula’s Metaphor tale about cake and eat it too. The meaning she took and the one most of the world held suggested the following: Writing means adding words to the idea.

Most of us use the wrong amount. Like bad cooks; like most cooks.

Blind Spot

Teju Cole’s book is a nourishment for the right blend. He photographs, but he is a writer. A skilled crafter of phrases. They don’t get ‘in’ as far as many of Ursula’s, however, they do take me into  the process of wording a path.

no links. no sales. notes only.