• My Own Private Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge

    1 month ago - By Open Space

    My mother-in-law recently came back from a visit to her brother's apartment, where she discovered his old fridge photos all stuck together in a big wad, and proceeded to peel them off one by one. The difficulty was compounded, she explained, by hundreds of tiny fruit stickers that had been plastered all over the photos, absentmindedly. Was that what I meant by my old fruit label collection?
    I'm still trying to figure it out, still tinkering with the idea of ephemera, mesmerized by the space between train tickets and skywriting on the scale of things that disappear. Why I was drawn to fruit...
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  • Remembering the Dead: Discovering Century-Old Dry Plate Photos

    Remembering the Dead: Discovering Century-Old Dry Plate Photos

    1 month ago - By Peta Pixel

    In my work travels, I recently met someone who gave me an interesting gift. Several years back he had been driving down a back road in Virginia and came across an old, abandoned farmhouse. He stopped and peeked in to see if anyone was using the place (you can't be too careful about what you run across that looks abandoned these days), and saw only cobwebs.
    He went in and found an interesting box by Seed's Dry Plates. The company was founded in 1883.
    Dry plate photography was developed after the wet collodion process. With dry plates, glass plates that had been factory coated with a...
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