Sunday, October 26, 2008

Monday in Monochrome

I scanned two photos from my Dad's album for Monochrome Monday. Originals--naturally--in the late 1920s monochrome was all there was. Since Dad is in these, they were obviously taken by his friend Ron. (Almost identical shots on the same page in the same setting are identified as Ron.)

These were taken in 1928 as Dad and Ron explored the construction of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Pasadena, California. This was later my grandmother's (mother's mother) local parish. Dad had not yet met Mother.
The second of these is the one I like best. The shadowed lines of the bricks and the very graphic look frame his gaze out into the world just right.
Dad was a so-so photographer all his life. He did not take spectacular shots, but very serviceable ones. He didn't cut off people's heads by accident. Most are pretty nicely composed. Some are overexposed and others are underexposed. He saved the ones that were fuzzy. Nearly all are clearly labeled. I have a trunkful of slides he took in later years. I think that in my retirement, I need to go through them.
My offering is from Dad's album today since my desktop is in the shop. It looks like it may well be the motherboard, so decisions are in the offing. We'll know more tomorrow. My laptop has different software, and converting a photo to black and white with it is problematical. I may well set the camera for black and white at some time this week.
Aileni set up Monochrome Monday with a Mr. Linky site. You can see other contributions to the art by checking there.

11 comments:

~Just Me~ said...

Wow very nice pic, thanks for sharing!

Jan said...

Katney, I like the second one best, too. Good luck with the PC.

lisaschaos said...

I especially like the second shot. :) The bricks just make it. I bet it will be fun going through all the old photos. :)

shutterhappyjenn said...

What a great set of pictures! 1920? Wow!

My Monochrome picture is posted here. Have a great week ahead!

PERBS said...

I like the brick shot also!

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Greyscale Territory said...

The first shot looks almost as if a spotlight is involved! But I must admit i really love that second shot with horizontal brick textures + a window "peephole"! Beautiful!

Dragonstar said...

How wonderful to have all these old photos still! Yes, I like the second one very much.

Oh dear - motherboard sounds expensive!

Aileni said...

I enjoy these pictures your father took. They have integrity... though that sounds a little high-flown arty. Anyway - I likes them.

Daryl said...

Wonderful, Katney, to have these memories to keep and share!

:-Daryl

Liz said...

These are perfect photos. Both are just gorgeous. Ron was a great photographer.

Tash said...

these are just wonderful! I just love the one in the window. I remember you saying that St. Andrew's is connected to your family. You've inspired me to post more photos of St. Andrews on Palos Verdes DP.