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SWORDS, HISTORY – AND THE MOVIES

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com From the silent day on, swords have often played a major role in motion pictures.  And of course, they have been highly significant in history as well.  Give somebody a blade some...

MARLENE DIETRICH And Invention of Butterfly Lighting

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com This photo by George Hurrell shows a good example of butterfly lighting – the key light is located above and to the front, leaving a small shadow under the nose. | Source: http://bit.ly/2MczCSP Moviegoers...

MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE: The Significance of The Horse in Human History

MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE The Significance of The Horse in Human History By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com King Richard: A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse! Catesby: Withdraw, my lord; I’ll help you to a horse. King Richard: Slave! I have...

PICTURES IN SECRET: The Spy Camera

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com A spy camera disguised as a watch. | Source: http://bit.ly/2nIjtuM In the beginning, cameras were large and bulky.  Usually, view cameras were as large as 16X20. Frames on which a lens was attached on...

EDOUARD BALDUS: INNOVATIVE 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER.

EDOUARD BALDUS INNOVATIVE 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER. By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Édouard Baldus (June 5, 1813, Grünebach, Prussia – 1889, Arcueil) was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer.  Édouard-Denis Baldus was born on June 5, 1813 in Grünebach, Prussia. He was originally trained as a painter...

Five powerful stories from this year’s Visa Pour L’Image: International Festival of Photojournalism

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Even in this age of the Internet, billions of Instagram and other social network services, smartphone videos and YouTube, nonetheless the photojournalism still image continues to be influential, significant and important. The International...

THE REVOLUTIONARY POWER OF STEAM

THE REVOLUTIONARY POWER OF STEAM And How It Changed The World By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Steam-powered textile factory, mills, cotton gins, and many other aspects of the industrial revolution. | Source: http://bit.ly/2lSMToX For most of history, humans have been limited...

PICTURING BASEBALL: THE NATIONAL PASTIME

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Baseball has been played in the US for a very long time – at every level from the sandlot, to local amateur teams, to semi-pro and then the big leagues. | Source: http://bit.ly/2ZwTIj6 While...

CONSIDER THE LOWLY POSTCARD

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The digital age and the Internet have created vast changes to our world and culture: some good, some not so good, many unintended.  One of these changes is a diminishment in the...

ALFRED STIEGLITZ AND GEORGIA O’KEEFE: Partners in Life and Art

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz had a long artistic collaboration and married life, although later on she lived mostly in New Mexico and they saw each other infrequently. Alfred Stieglitz is one of the...