Old School?

After pouring over the re-enactment photos, thinking about the upcoming Steamup (old steam engines and tractors),  I got to thinking about the way things were done in the past.  The ‘Old School’ way.  If you have followed this site for a while, you will pick up that I like the old stuff.  Old rusty equipment, old photos, old way of doing things.   Even if I can’t go back and pitch in to help, I will dig up photos to see how they used to do things.   So I applied some of this to the re-enactment images, and got to thinking about how they used to take photos in this time period.  As compared to now, they had a hard time about it all.  We load our camera case down with a few lens’ , a body or two and various parts and pieces to make it easier.  Research some time how these fellows had to get the job done.  You have heard the term  ‘it takes a village…….’ ,  well,  it should have taken most of the village for these fellows to get their job done.  It took a full wagon to carry around all of their gear.  The cameras, the chemicals, all of the glass plates, (not negatives – glass plates), and all of whatever else they thought was necessary.  I looked up the ones I was familiar with;  Mathew Brady (1822-1896), Civil War photos;  Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), Indian/Native American  photos;  Darius Kinsey (1869-1945), Pacific Northwest logging industry.  I have books from each of these men and they are very interesting if you enjoy the history.  Mr. Curtis was the one who seemed to take ‘the village’  with him.  He tackled a monstrous project of recording the Indian culture and life style.  It took him decades to complete his project.  Mr. Brady covered many different areas as well – portraits, landscapes, documentary, probably most known for the Civil War photos.  Mr Kinsey stayed more in the Northwest and covered the logging industry.  I know his wife helped him and traveled with him a lot, if not most of time, and they did not take the ‘whole village’ with them.  If you stop to consider how a horse drawn wagon rides,  you sometimes wonder how all of those glass plates survived at all.   We can not look back to how they had to do things and complain about how hard it is to take photos today.  Check them out.  In that framework, this weeks photos are presented in black and white.

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