Our Daily Sykes #233 – Another of Willamette Falls

One of the Sykes pleasures of holding his slides is that they have as yet not all been seen, and as time allows we continue to sort through the boxes. This view of Willamette Falls was found yesterday. Last August 12 we showed another look at the falls that Horace photographed from nearly the same place on the Willamette's east bank, but with a different tree and more flow over the falls - and at sunset. The following day we put up yet another look at the falls, one from an earlier black and white negative by an unknown photographer. It too came with no caption. I have only seen Willamette Falls from the train on trips between Seattle and California, most of them in the mid-1960s. I remember having plenty of time to study the falls. Perhaps the train pokes along here. And perhaps the smoke drifting in the sky above the falls here comes from a diesel engine, and Horace is snapping from the window of a coach on the Southern Pacific RR. Horace was raised in the Willamette Valley and after his move to Seattle in the late 1920s still had family attractions in Oregon. Maybe for this trip he put aside the Sykesmobile and took to the rails. (Click to Enlarge)

Our Daily Sykes #232 – Eda Christiansen

Searching for a title for another subject that Horace Sykes does not identify, a subject that might be found in a calender publisher's file for "autumnal scenes," I have named it for my maiden mother, Eda Christiansen, who prefered scenes like this one surely even long before she met dad. It reminds me of a landscape that hung in the hallway between the kitchen and the living room at 828 Jefferson St. during my own "maiden years" on Spokane's South Hill.

Our Daily Sykes #229 – Painterly Landscape

By some accounts modern art was, in part, a reaction to the camera and it powers of verisimilitude. Art would show it how to squint the eyes or look through impressionist's glasses to points of light. In this Sykes landscape we have a photograph nearly responding or acting like a painting, and it begins with the focus. It is soft. When the subject is examined up-close (closer than you will see it here, even with two clicks of your mouse) it seems to loosen and sometimes shake itself into dabs of paint. Such a photograph might be a way to teach impressions - with a brush. "Step one: Blow up., Step two: Find the points of light. Step three: Copy them with a plastic medium - oil pigments for instance - using a semi-stiff brush and be faithful to their order." And it is also appropriate and typical that we know neither when nor where this is. We do, however, given time, the size of that river, the habitat and Google Earth feel that we could find it. Perhaps you will find it first.

Paris chronicle #10 Happy Christmas holidays

It was tonight,  on the sixth floor terrace in Centre Georges Pompidou after a marvelous exhibition dedicated to Mondrian.

You can perceive Notre-Dame in the center, just behind the Panthéon and on the left the enlightened « Hotel de Ville »

Bonnes vacances de Noël.

C’était ce soir au sixième étage de le la terrasse du Centre Georges Pompidou après une merveilleuse exposition consacrée à Mondrian.

Vous pouvez apercevoir Notre-Dame au centre, juste à l’arrière le Panthéon et sur la gauche l’Hôtel de Ville tout illuminé.