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shorpy

shorpy is one of those sites i should have discovered years ago, but instead only found in the past month via this via that via this via some other site i forget. anyway i’m glad i did because these vintage images are quality. and when i say quality, i mean HIGH quality.

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. Most were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into jpegs.

some of my favourites:

http://i.imgur.com/dDNuH.jpg

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rooi rouge

indian maiden (c. 1920s) – unknown artist

i don’t wear red often enough, it always does something for the spirit.

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peter baker

i agonized for about 5 seconds over whether i had posted about peter baker before (i’m pretty sure i haven’t, but my tagging can be sporadic). even if i have – these photographs warrant a second look. and a third & fourth etc. i just love them, especially his images of iceland (what is with me and iceland?). i could hardly pick my top photos to feature, so please go over to his flickr and have a gander.

he also sums up his sentiments on film vs digital quite nicely:

If it didn’t look a million times better, I wouldn’t bother with it (film). Of course it’s subjective, but film looks more like what I saw when I made the photo. Plus, I like making decisions about what my photo will look like before I take it, rather than monkeying for hours on the computer to try and recreate what I saw. Photography is what I do to get away from the ‘puter, digital just makes for more sitting down time.

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bañistas

going back to work on monday, but at least the weather will still be allowing this for the next few months…

http://i.imgur.com/BgAkR.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/n84FZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kKGdM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EAJ7L.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BdGZg.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/L8gEv.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/gCZMF.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/159wU.jpg

hope you had a great holiday! all photos by Yosigo (bañistas means bathers in spanish)

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memories

i’m on holiday for a wee while. just over 3 weeks to be exact, boom! i won’t be on the computer much (or at all, hopefully) – but i have set up some posts to go off like clockwork around here. so, to keep going with the summer / holiday spirit…. here are some lovely old beach pics for you:

http://i.imgur.com/KOwxo.jpg

From 1959 to 1963 my father took photos of ordinary people in Cape Town.

found these amazing vintage shots by liberty littlebasil‘s dad from the beaches & pools of cape town in the memory bane pool group over on flickr. there’s lots more – go have a look.

http://i.imgur.com/OyDxB.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/n28Jf.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/1tRtO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/H8cEy.jpg

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