The Orphaned Images Project, Installation #1

4 01 2011

This posting launches a new project that I’ll call “The Orphaned Images Project.” I am always a bit saddened when I discover albums and projector carousels at thrift stores, and yard/estate sales (their loss, my gain). Who gives up photos of their families? Are all the members of that family deceased? Was there a rift? And I wonder about the photographer. Was he/she passionate about being the family recorder (as much as I am about being one)?

I have quite a collection of 35mm slides, stereoscopic slides, family albums and loose b&w photos. Some I’ve purchased, but most I have acquired through my dad, who is always on the lookout for interesting photos for me. Doris, my dad’s friend and former co-worker, gave me some very old albums many years ago that I really treasure. These contain tintypes, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, carte de visite or CDVs (photographic calling cards), and cabinet cards dating back to the 1800s. One album even includes a post-mortem photo of a little girl, as well as beribboned locks of hair, calling cards and newspaper clippings! I also have a collection of more than 50 hand-colored lantern slides of various scenes and people from Cote d’Azur (French Riviera). I purchased those for $50 in an antique store near Skyline Drive when I moved here in 1985 from Texas. Another great find courtesy of my dad were four metal cabinets full of stereoscopic slides, all painstakingly labeled with minute details of where/when/what was photographed. The photographer was clearly a music lover (or perhaps a music teacher)—many of the travel images are of places where famous musicians were born, performed or buried. There are hundreds of images in each cabinet!

I will share many of these images from my various collections in the coming year.

For now, a few more recent 35mm transparency images (circa 1967-71):

Photo #1: Hey, could that possibly be former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and country singer Tammy Wynette enjoying a (plastic) glass of champagne on the afternoon of July 18, 1971? (The date was scribbled on the slide mount). I love how the lady in the groovy dress blends in with the striped couch!

Please forgive me, but both of these photos are begging to be captioned—and I’m just the one to do it.

Lady Bird: “So, anyhoo, I told her that if Lyndon pulled something like that, I would not stand by my man.”

Tammy: “I am so gonna write a song about this.”


Photo #2: “Glocamora Inn” and “10-2-1967” is written on the slide mount for this photo. I did a little sleuthing and learned that there is a Glocca Morra Inn in Sweet Grass, Montana.

Wilma and Joan didn’t particularly care for Lou’s awkward advances, but if they were ever going to advance past the typing pool, they would have to find a way to endure them.

Fuji G617 archives: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

2 01 2011

This photo illustrates why this place is at the top of my “favorite places in the world” list. I’m hankering for a southwest road trip; whatdaya say, Dad?

Be sure to double click on the photo to enlarge for full effect!

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Fuji G617 archives: Yellowstone in winter

1 01 2011

It’s cold there in winter. Very, very, very cold. Fingers-and-face-stick-to-your-camera-ouch-is-it-really-worth-it cold!

Be sure to double click on the image (and bundle up, ya hear?)

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Fuji G617 archives: Park Avenue in Arches National Park

1 01 2011

One of my father’s favorite spots—Park Avenue in Arches National Park, Utah. Visit his blog, The King of Texas, here.

Be sure to double click on the image to enlarge to get the full effect!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Fuji G617 archives: Newspaper Rock National Historical Monument

1 01 2011

Petroglyphs, Newspaper Rock National Historical Monument, Canyonlands National Park, southeastern Utah

The word ‘petroglyph’ comes from the Greek words ‘petros’ (stone) and ‘glyphein’ (to carve). The word was originally coined in French as pétroglyphe. Newspaper Rock features a 200 square foot area of ancient writings and symbols by four different Native American cultures on a cliff wall. The rock is part of the Wingate sandstone cliffs that form the upper end of Indian Creek Canyon. It is one of the largest and best known collection of petroglyphs. Dating back as far as 2,000 years, more than 650 images were etched into “desert varnish,” a dark manganese-iron deposit caused by rainfall and bacteria that forms on exposed sandstone cliff faces. Figures have been assigned to the Anasazi, Fremont, Anglo-Indian and Navajo. Some drawings are as recent as the 20th century, left by the first modern day explorers of the region.

Newspaper Rock is located on Hwy 211, 25 miles before the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. It is 28 miles northwest of Monticello and 53 miles south of Moab.

Beauty is in the details, so be sure to double click on the image to enlarge it!

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