One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Camera FLASH! 55

It is time to strike a pose with our photographic challenge for December.

Jessie Tarbox Beals
America's first female photojournalist
c. 1904

This challenge comes with a wide angle and any filter of your choosing.

Literal! Figurative! Reflective! Narrative!

As an added extra to this challenge, you may write a Flash 55 inspired by the photograph, or on a subject of your choice, as we keep the memory of Galen alive, and send our love and support to Hedgewitch, during her time off from hosting.


brudberg said...

I found the story behind her fascinating... how to be able to be a photojournalist with such equipment is amazing... some of her pictures where quite fascinating... but in the end I had to improve the story a bit ;-)

Jim said...

Thank you Kerry, I too liked her story and the pictures. Hers were quite interesting. I wrote of the "woman's place" in 55 words excluding the title.

Kim Russell said...

I was so intrigued by the image and the name that I had to find out more about Jessie's story and, when I did, I had to write about it in 55 words!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks all. Such varied responses to Jessie! Was she a spoiled rich lady, or a ground-breaker for female equality? It has made for interesting poetry.

WildChild47 said...

And that's just the key, isn't it Kerry - you've hit it on the head ... for surely, to be a woman during that era, carting around all the heavy, cumbersome and dangerous equipment (the instability of the chemicals on the glass plates did make for explosions) etc. is one thing, but then, her "body" of work, in itself, is contradictory. For the tenements to the gardens of the "elite" - and there is something a bit "off" in terms of the portraits - studied, posed, even ones from the "Fair/Exhibit" - which certainly wasn't unheard of at the time, regarding "curiosity on display" - but personally, I'm not sure how I feel about her works - spent several hours re-acquainting myself with the images, - and all I can wonder, for my own ideas, is whether I feel she was an impostor of sorts, or simply doing as best she could, given the circumstances and times, as a woman, but generally, I just feel like her images lack "empathy" --- not just because of the "technical distancing of the camera's eye" - but somehow, as if she was rather disdainful in some ways. Still, I enjoyed the exploration and am thinking on ideas for the writing.

thanks for the image and hosting :)


Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks for your input on the subject, Pat. I wonder if she would have had many opportunities to take 'serious' photos, those considered a man's territory. Perhaps she had to be content with cats!

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

Great image, and I was fascinated by her story! Thanks Kerry!

Fireblossom said...

That is one bizarre hat.

Fireblossom said...

I wrote two, one at Black Mamba and one at WG.

KB said...

I reposted an old 55 today. Hope that's OK. I miss G-Man

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh, I love her and her story. It lead me to howl with 55. :)