Friday, March 21, 2008

Shades Of The Departed

Shades Of The Departed

I am authoring a new blog called Shades Of The Departed. The name comes from a statement made by Adam Bogardus in 1894, in a photographic magazine. He talked about a photographer who had become frustrated when people who sat for portraits and ordered prints, failed to return to pick them up and pay for them. In an effort to shame these same customers into returning, he hung their portraits in his shop window and labeled them "shades of the departed."

I collect photographs and have for twenty years. I am able to collect these photographs because they have gone unclaimed and so I have dubbed them "shades of the departed."

Each week I will post the photo of the week and include information regarding the photographer. This week's photograph was of a lovely lass from Belfast in honor of St. Patrick's day.

~ Young Girl ~

29 High Street


I am embarking on a very large project to catalog all of my photographs with the hope of writing a book on one sub-section of my collection. I will share with my readers the procedures that I find work best for me. From scanning, numbering, adding keywords, cataloging, databases, interpretation, dating, my finds, historic written sources, my bibliography and many other things associated with vintage photographs.

I have included the beginning of today's "Shades" post below and hope you will visit Shades Of The Departed for the conclusion.

Just What Is A Collection?

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less."

The purpose of this blog is to explore my collection of photographs. But what exactly constitutes a collection? I do know that when it comes to collecting, there is an old saying that goes - "you must stand for collecting something or you will fall for collecting anything." Alright, close enough!

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Blogger Lidian said...

This is such a wonderful name for your new blog that I am just - well, it just makes me wonderfully happy! As does the though of a blog written by you about old photographs!

March 21, 2008 at 4:50 PM  

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