Saturday, April 05, 2014

Provincetoen Massachusetts, August 1954, Hermit crabs, David Vestal

"Provincetown Massachusetts, near the breakwater, August 1954. The little black round thing on my ankle is a hermit crab in its mobile home.  Hermit crabs don't rent vacant shells, they just move in.
They don't pinch, they tickle.
This is a curious case of inkjet tweak. It's scanned from the only existing silver print of this picture, made in 1954, which is too dark to suit me at its right end. Fiddling with overall tones in tweaking the scan made the right end easier to see in inkjet with no local work at all.  The inkjet shows me how to reprint this photo in the darkroom.  I must try to make the right end seem clear in silver as it is in inkjet.  I'm not sure I can do it, but it seems worth trying."  David Vestal

Friday, April 04, 2014

New York City, Snow, St. Patrick's Day, David Vestal

"Snow on Saint Patrick's Day in New York City? Yes. It was 1967. I was on my way to work, a little before 9 AM, and couldn't resist it. At the time I did my commuting on foot. The price was right and view was unobstructed."  David Vestal

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

East 13th Street, 1955, Tri-x, David Vestal

"August 1955. I was Ralph Steiner's assistant during business hours and living on New York's East 12th.Street in what later became the East Village. It had no name then. On my way home I passed this Italian festival on the next street. I went there every night while it lasted, and tried out a new film called Tri-X. It seemed pretty good. I don't know what to say about the picture, except that it helped me learn that I find better pictures than I could ever make up."   David Vestal

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

David Vestal, the East river and Sunrise over Brooklyn



According to David;
"Across the East River from under Delancey Street, the main business street of New York's lower east side, the sunrise over Brooklyn is through the underside of the Williamsburg Bridge. How poetic that sounds. Sunrise over Brooklyn. The funny thing is, it was beautiful."