Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Get The Picture - Twice Told Tuesday

Twice Told Tuesday features a photography related article reprinted from
my collection of old photography books, magazines, and newspapers.

Here is advice as good today as it was in 1918. We have those wonderful technologically superior cameras, but do we get the picture?

Friday, February 1, 1918

PHOTOGRAPHY is many-sided - mechanical, technical, scientific, artistic, esthetic, utilitarian, personal - but, from what ever side we may approach it, the picture is the thing.

We know an amateur who spent several years in engrossing study of mechanical and technical and scientific phases of photography, during which time, however, he produced practically no pictures of interest to himself or others.

This experience can be duplicated any number of times. It is possible to forget that the picture is the thing.

Ten, fifteen, twenty years from now, the most satisfactory evidence you can have of your present interest in photography will be an interesting collection of pictures made in this present time.

Do not overlook this. Seek to comprehend the scientific basis of photography, become proficient in its different processes, let your intelligence and interest play as broadly and as deeply on the various phases of photography as your inclinations dictate, but steady yourself with the reflection that the picture is the thing.

Get the knowledge, get the facts - but also get the pictures. For these, in the end, are your results.

Thank you to all those that "got the picture." For without
you there would be no family history and no collection.


Unknown, Results. THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER'S WEEKLY. February 1918. pg. 65.


Decker, J.E. Tatting (Little Girl Wearing Glasses). 1918.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to convey the smile that magically appeared on my face when I saw that beautiful photo. Point well made - and well received.

July 22, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Isn't she just adorable?

Yes, as important today as then. Get the picture. You are so good at doing just that.


July 22, 2008 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Lidian said...

She is wearing glasses, isn't she? That is an absolutely wonderful, wonderful photo. And good advice in the article, too.

July 23, 2008 at 3:03 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Yes Laura, my little lovely is wearing my favorite fashion accessory - glasses!


July 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM  

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