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The Cinco Banderas Collection at the Artel Gallery …

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The image above shows a photograph that I made at Blarney Castle in Ireland several years ago that was accepted in the general exhibit of the Cinco Banderas Art Show at Artel in downtown Pensacola Florida.  I was downtown earlier today and stopped by and made some images of the overall show and then of my print.  The gallery is located in the old Escambia Count Courthouse building at the corner of Palafox and Garden Streets.  The show will be up until December 6, 2014.  The phone number to the gallery is 850-432-3080 if you want to call for information.  I also took several overall views of the exhibits / gallery for your viewing enjoyment …

 

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Thanks again for looking and if you any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them.  I might get around to posting a few from Halloween tomorrow if I feel like carrying around a camera when we take Lukas trick-or-treating.  Last year he was the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, but he did not want to bother with me taking his photograph, so I did not post anything.  Hopefully this year he will let me take some of him … he is going as Steve from Minecraft.  Stay tuned …

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October 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Hardy Negatives At The Historic Trust …

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Several years ago, after I had culled through about eighty boxes or so of negatives that had been stored in a room off of my parent’s garage, I gave sixty boxes or so of negatives from the 1950’s and 60’s to what was then called The Pensacola Historical Society.  They in turn went through all of them and put them in new glassine sleeves and envelopes.  Personally, I can not believe all of the time that was spent on preserving all of these negatives.  You are looking at five rows with around twelve legal sized boxes per row.  These are from the 1950’s to the early 1960’s … maybe 1962.  I think I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I did not have a photo of all of the negatives cataloged by year.  I personally want to thank Jacquelyn Wilson for all of the time and effort she spent on undertaking this huge project … you are looking at easily over 100,000 negatives / images and this is just from twelve years or so.  If anyone has any questions about any of these negatives, feel free to contact the Historic Trust ( their new name since they are now part of The University of West Florida ) in downtown Pensacola with any of your questions… 850-595-5840.  They also have lots of archived images that you can look through and purchase for your own personal use.  Sure is a lot more personal way to decorate your home, your office or whatever area you have that you want to decorate. I still have thousands of negatives and those are what I have selected to put here on this blog.  You can also contact me and I can share with you what little I know … Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

 

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October 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

Goodbye Summer …

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I maybe should have put a blue border around this image to separate the white sand in the foreground from the white background on the blog’s… I still might, but I thought that I would go ahead and post this image.   There might still be a few weeks of ” summer ” left, however you better run out and enjoy it while you can.  I call this image ” Number Two ” obviously and it is just a grab shot with an iPhone.  And yes, there is a good bit of Photoshop involved in the creation of this image plus I still might do several other things to the image.  Once winter gets here, it is going to be a while before you see old number 2  out on the beach… maybe in three months or so and then the SRIA will drag it out of storage  At least we are not up in the far north and having to look at being inside for 4 or 5 months … Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

NOTE:  I did not take the photo above … Jenna Adams made the photo, all I did was the Photoshop work on the image.

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October 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

More Memphis …

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This is a store front in downtown Memphis … there is a sign on the window that reads ” Strange Cargo “, so I do not know if that is the name of the store or if it is a line of clothing or whatever that sell in this shop, but it is what I named this photo.  I regret the fact that I did not wonder on in and check it out since it looks like my kind of place … notice that I said my kind of place and not Pam’s kind of place.  I have another that I am going to throw up from Sam Phillips’ Sun Records …

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One of the helpful sales clerks in Sun Records.  Here are several more from inside of Sun Records …\

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I enjoy looking at the photos on these walls as much as I like looking at all of the records and in some cases, I enjoy the photos much more.  I always wonder if the photographers that made these photos ever thought how popular these images would be 50 and 60 years later.  Here is another Elvis poster …

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I cannot remember if this was at Graceland or at Sun Records, but it does not really matter … I think that these are OK, but what could have been created if Colonel Parker had hired a talented art designer or graphic artist to design these music sheets.  I read somewhere about how popular these music sheets where with Elvis’ audience that he sold millions of these music sheets to his fans at his concerts, in fact it was not just with Elvis but Hank Williams was the first county musician who popularized selling these music sheets at his concerts.  I have some more photos of Graceland and also of inside the studio at Sun Records that I am going to throw up ,,, and also some images I made in Clarksdale Mississippi.  Thanks for looking and please check back and all comments are appreciated … Frank

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October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Re-Worked Images …

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This is the original scan of a 35mm Kodachrome transparency that my father had made back in 1954 or 55, on one of his trips out west to visit his sister.  She was an RN who worked in Los Angeles at the Cedars of Sinai Hospital.  I have no idea where this stretch of road is, but I have often wondered.  Sometime in the future I hope to do a photobook of his images from the trips that he made out west in the 1950’s and 60’s.  This is one that I titled ” Road To Nowhere “, however that can always change as usual for me.  I just thought it would make an interesting cover for a book.  Very seldom do I ever post the original scan … I just thought that I would for reference sake.  The next one is the re-worked  image where I have added a texture matte / screen to the image.  I still might change the color to make it look more like a tinted image.  The judge is still out on that one.  He is the re-worked image …

 

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The texture screen is very subtle and does not seem to show up that well once I resize and reduce the image quality for internet usage.  You do know that if you click on any of the images on this site ( or the ones over on my father’s site that I created ) that the image will open up on a new page by itself and I am fairly sure that you can enlarge the image.  This image should be over on my father’s photography blog that I have, but some people that I talk to do not know about the two.  There is a link to it on the right-hand side of the page, but apparently a lot of people either do not know about the link or do not want to click on the link not knowing where it might take them or to what kind of link it is.  I can understand that … I have started to print some of these images to get back into selling some.  It has been so long that I have sold anything off of either site  that I have almost stopped mentioning it altogether.  I have some other photos from Graceland, Memphis and North Mississippi that I have ready to go and will post in the near future.  Also, I have some casual senior girl images that I plan on posting just to remind the mother’s that I do all types of photography and not just head and shoulder photos for the yearbook etc.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear from you if you have any questions or comments … Frank