Steve Maniscalco

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Time Travel

Published May 1st, 2012

Most lovers of old gear and of film have seen this sort of thing before...old camera, undeveloped roll of film. Still, I find myself astonished by the implications.

The Browie Bullseye I bought was made some time in the mid 1950s. The film it contained was made by Gevaert, a company that merged with Agfa in 1963. So, it's not unreasonable to say that the film was exposed no later than about 1965 and likely somewhere in the 10 years before that.

The idea that someone loaded that camera with film in, let's imagine...1957, snapped 8 shots of his new baby, then put the camera away, never to be used again just amazes me. So, for 55 years this camera was left in a corner of a house, on a shelf or two, and finally in a box of things no one knew what to do with then the owner died. Somewhere a child grew up and is now nearing retirement age, and this picture of him on a changing table has found its way to me. It traveled through time, tightly wrapped and enclosed in a camera, slowly loosing i ...

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For God's Sake, no More Mannequins!

Published February 10th, 2012

For the most part, I don’t shoot people. I’ve given my difficulties in that direction a great deal of thought and I think that this thing bubbling out of me about how men depict women in photos has something to do with my own inadequacies in that area. Let’s see if I can tease that thought out and make everything connect…

1. Women have skin…and I like that. In usual geek style, what began as a useful tool to perhaps clear up an imperfection in an image has been taken to a lunatic extreme. It’s no longer enough to simply eliminate the blemish she woke up with on the day of her big shoot, now we have to remove all evidence of texture in a woman’s skin. This is a horrible, horrible idea!

Really, the practice makes me wonder if the photographer has ever actually touched a woman. Could it be he’s not aware of the tactile aspects of the female form? Do these guys get excited walking past the rows of poseable plasticine women in a department store?

2. Women are real people with real liv ...

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