Sunday, February 18, 2007

Beyond the Snap Shot

Going through some of the old family negatives has made me think about another couple of photographers that I like who are using family images. Gloria Baker Feinstein who has used old slides (one might say color snap shots) in a project that she calls Shredding. Looking at the images from this project brings back my family memories for the time period even though the images are not my family. Gloria has also recently been to Uganda and her images from an orphanage there are in a way like snap shots but from someone with a strong visual background. They seem randomly framed but they are not. They too are very evocative.
David Niles who works mostly with Holga cameras has a series of images of his son, Nathaniel. I think they are the contemporary family snap shots of an artist.


Steve Williams said...


The portrait of Nathaniel is stunning. I have disposed of all my Holga and Diana cameras because they fell apart but am still enthralled by the ethereal look they can develop.

I mades some prints today from 6x7 negatives shot in a recent snow storm at the widest aperture and it has a similar soft feel. for so many years I have been shooting with view cameras seeking that look of everything in focus when my heart was probably more in line with a pictorial look.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

Cynthia said...

I love your blog and your images are fascinating. Hope to meet you one of these days when I'm in SMA.