Posts Tagged ‘Dorothea Lange’

Day 210 – Back to Black/Right to White

Did you know that the White House in America was designed by an Irishman? Neither did I!

Anyway that’s kinda irrelevant, it was just something I came across when trying to find something to talk about for today’s blog entry! I guess I could talk about the photo! It was taken at Figtree Oval in Wollongong when I went down to watch the Youth girls AFL final between Shellharbour and Figtree. The three people pictured are Shellharbour supporters cheering, or should I say roaring on their team!

It seemed to have worked when one of their forwards kick the winning goal right on the siren but then the umpires decided it was actually a draw! Extra time followed and Figtree ended up on top, much to the disgust of the crowd behind me. However, a few days later I found out that they had reviewed the game and Shellharbour had actually won in normal time and so were awarded the title. Just goes to show life is not always as it seems!

The same is true with photography, of course its a lie. Just look at the expressions of the people in the photo and how many ways their actions could be interpreted. The woman on the right could be preaching, the two on the left holding their hands together in exasperation or prayer. Only for the fact that I was there and I could tell you they were clapping it’s not blindingly obvious.

I saw a great quote from the legendary American photographer Dorothea Lange a few months ago:

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”

The obvious isn’t always true!


Day 175 – A game of two halves

Went to the World Press Photo Awards Exhibition today and thought it was fantastic, way better than last years. Now maybe that’s because I have more knowledge about photojournalism since last year, or because the crowds weren’t as big and claustrophobic but some of the photos were really inspiring. Some more were really disturbing but I still feel they have a place in such an exhibition. One in particular stands out which was a closeup of a dead American soldier in her coffin. Such a simple photo but so powerful.

Another exhibition which was on in the same place was photos from Sydney Morning Herald photographers. Some pretty good photos in that too but also some fantastic quotes and presentation. It made me see even clearer how better I could’ve edited my recent AFL project.

Quote of the day: Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still – Dorothea Lange

Day 105 – Standing Outside The Fire

Still recovering from my cold so I didn’t get many pictures today. Instead I was sat in beside the gas fire (pictured) watching the football and editing photos. My mind always seems clogged up when I don’t get out to run around or see a new environment so I haven’t much interesting ramblings to ramble about today! Instead I’ll put in a few random quotes and words that I’ve heard or seen in passing.

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still” – Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was a unique and talented portrait photographer, documentary photographer and photo journalist who took extensive photos in America during the Great Depression. Her most famous photo was that of the Migrant Mother, a picture that defined the era. I saw this quote of hers the other day and thought it was interesting and deserved to go in the blog whether it fitted into the theme or not!

One – U2

Did I ask too much?
More than a lot.
You gave me nothing,
Now it’s all I got
We’re one
But we’re not the same
Well we
Hurt each other
Then we do it again
You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can’t be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
One life
But we’re not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other


From the film Caddyshack
Danny Noonan: I haven’t even told my father about the scholarship I didn’t get. I’m gonna end up working in a lumberyard the rest of my life.
Ty Webb: What’s wrong with lumber? I own two lumberyards.
Danny Noonan: I notice you don’t spend too much time there.
Ty Webb: I’m not quite sure where they are.

Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Maud

There has fallen a splendid tear
    From the passion-flower at the gate.
  She is coming, my dove, my dear;
    She is coming, my life, my fate.
  The red rose cries, “She is near, she is near;”
    And the white rose weeps, “She is late;”
  The larkspur listens, “I hear, I hear;”
    And the lily whispers, “I wait