Landscape or Portrait


Landscape or Portrait is a question that photographers (and others) ask themselves on a regular basis. There often is no “right” answer, as I decided with this sequence. Sometimes there is an obvious preferred orientation. Tall buildings, etc.

While I was thinking of this question, I was reminded of the days (decades ago) when I was painting more than shooting photographs. Oh, I was shooting, but I was caught up in the joy of painting. Sometimes I would go to my favorite art supply and just look at canvas shapes … and one would inspirationally catch my mind’s eye. I “knew” that was the shape of the painting I wanted to do, even when I didn’t know what I was going to paint. So, I suppose, sometimes it’s like that with the camera. Sometimes it just grabs you.




In my last post, I mentioned a new typewriter sales and repair shop opening up in my home town. I was able to take some interesting photos there, including this one from the underside of a unit that was being repaired and was out of its case. I liked the quasi-abstract industrial design.

Manual Typewriter

Manual Typewriter

I was surprised to find a new store opening in Port Townsend that sold and repaired old typewriters. When I talked to the owner, she was surprised at the demand … she sold 12 typewriters in just a few days and had a stack of machines along the wall awaiting repair.

Port Townsend is an area that has a higher than normal percentage of retirement aged citizens. (One bumper sticker says: “Port Townsend: where retired people move to be close to their parents”)

Can The Fishes See It Snowing?

Can The Fishes See It Snowing?

I was downtown along the waterfront several days before Christmas and saw this scene. It reminded me of the phrase in Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales, where a small boy ponders: “Can the fishes see it snowing?”

Sadly, it wasn’t actually snowing at the time, and two days later it was all gone. I think it’s nice to have snow at Christmas, as long as it isn’t so much to disrupt the festivities.

But a Happy New Years to all … here’s to a better 2023. One with less mindless killing, for one.

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