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all i've seen

images by richard friedman
oakland, california

a randomly expanding gallery of pictures from my archive of 8000+ images taken since 1964 and some recent pictures

images uploaded almost daily - check back often

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Prints (8x10", 16x20") of many of these images are available for purchase
by contacting me at photo -at- rchrd -dot- com

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technical info:

images optimized for at least 1024x820 pixel screen size

looks best at 1280x1024

slides and negs scanned using Nikon Coolscan IV-ED using LaserSoft Silverscan software on MacOSX

camera and film details could be far from accurate because I tended not to record that information consistently (except for my first Kodak Brownie, all my cameras have been Nikons)
Most of the images (1977-99) were taken with a Nikon F2 and a variety of lenses using Kodachrome, Ektachrome, and Fujichrome. Before that I used a Nikkormat, Nikon F and FN.
In 2000 I switched to a Nikon N80, and
in 2003 added a Nikon E3100 point/shoot digital.
The Nikon D80 arrived in May 2007

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ALL I'VE SEEN - the book!
80 images from this photoblog are now published as a book via Blurb.com
All I've Seen @ Blurb.com

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richard friedman

Last updated 9/2007

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all i've seen

What's going on here: This website is an on-going, nearly daily, personal project to display a random selection of some of my 8000+ pictures taken since I started taking pictures, which was sometime around 1964. Rather than have these images rot under my desk, I thought it would be interesting to make them available. (More about my slide collection.)

I am not a professional photographer, but some of my images have turned up in interesting places: record jackets, books, funeral memorials, even documentary films made for TV, and off-Broadway stage productions.

Some of the rules I set for myself for doing this project require that I spend no more than 10 minutes working the orignal scanned slide in Photoshop. The only adjustments I permit myself are some simple color balancing (many of the slides come out of the scanner too blue), brightness and contrast adjustments, and some sharpening. Some of the images are cropped, but most are full image.

I do not distort the images. In fact, I really dislike seeing images that are intentionally distorted for some artistic effect. I'd prefer to leave that to painting. What I want to see in a photo is a realistic image, but one that draws attention to things that otherwise might escape our view.

Of course, you will notice that many of these images were taken in Europe, or other interesting places. It seems that the times I am most actively taking pictures are when I'm on a trip or on vacation. I took my first trip to Europe (Ireland/Scotland/England, actually) in 1966. I was 22 years old, and I had a new Nikkormat camera. Being outside New York CIty and out of the US for the first time really managed to open my eyes. In the 1970's I managed to spend two years living in working in London, and took trips to the continent and north to Scotland. And I took many pictures during that period.

I started shooting digital around 2003, and I like the immediacy of the medium, but I don't think I've given up on film yet. Digital photography is very seductive .. it's so easy to shoot, and cheaper than film. I still have my film Nikons, and plan to use them. But starting in 2007, more and more recent digital images start appearing on this blog. Now it's a mix of past, current, and future.

If you were to ask me what interests me the most when taking pictures, I'd have to say that it seems that what I'm trying to photograph is stillness and a sense of place and position. Geometry fascinates me, and reducing a three dimensional world into a seemingly flat image is all about geometry.

Some of these pictures are, what I call, "corner of the eye" images... images you might catch out of the corner of your eye. Unexpected and momentary.

Other than that, there is no program or agenda here. I took these pictures mainly so that I could remember where I was then, and what it looked like. Years later I find myself pleasantly amused to find that some of these images are really worth looking at again and again.

It's just that simple. Hope you enjoy them. Do leave comments.

You can find another statement about my photography here.

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richard friedman :: September 2007

 

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