Fred Meets Therese

One of my photographs was featured on yourdailyphotograph.com, a site published by the Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica.  Duncan Miller is one of two prestigious photography galleries on the west coast, the other being The Fraenkel Gallery To make the cut for that day my photograph was selected from several thousand submissions.

  Fred Meets Therese - I Love Lucy was a regular rerun when my daughter was ten and a small black and white set was all we had for entertainment.  William Frawley played Fred Mertz, an irascible character and foil to his wife Ethel, played by Vivian Vantz.

Fred Meets Therese - I Love Lucy was a regular rerun when my daughter was ten and a small black and white set was all we had for entertainment.  William Frawley played Fred Mertz, an irascible character and foil to his wife Ethel, played by Vivian Vantz.

Title: Fred Meets Therese
Artist: Christopher Petrich
Date of image: 1996
Size: 8x10 inches (20x25 cm)
Format: silver gelatin
Features: signed on back, edition of 5
Price: $625
Sale Price: $575*
(*next 24 hours only, until Aug 26, 9:00 am PST)

The Big Badlands Last Year

August in the badlands is hot. The dead prairie grasses are yellow, but where there is water, green trees. The land is old, and it is barren. It is so dry that the mineral colors of the eras show clearly. Pinks, browns, yellows, and blue gray stripe the distant eroded buttes and canyons. Any organic material, any loam for example has long ago dried to dust.

The scene is millennia before our very eyes because this was the bed of a vast inland sea and we see the layers of earth in cross section there. The layers accumulated over hundreds of millions of years, an incessant rain of dust and death descending to the sea bottom for all that time.

Now the sea lies bone-dry under empty skies in summer and winter.

 Big Badlands, South Dakota, 2017

Big Badlands, South Dakota, 2017

Missouri Photo Workshop Submission 2018

 Bob And Jay's Ass, 1974

Bob And Jay's Ass, 1974

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Ramona - Cradling Daddy, June 23

 Ramona - Cradling Daddy 2018

Ramona - Cradling Daddy 2018

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

A Boy On Skates, June 21

This boy coasted up and down the sidewalk on skates behind his sleek young dog, his hand tight on the dog's leash. And when the boy stopped he seemed to puzzle over the right way to tie the dog to a pole. But the dog stood still without the leash, tethered by his gaze on the distracted master.

 A Boy On Skates, 2018

A Boy On Skates, 2018

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Ramona - Toddler in ivan's arms, June 20

Ramona was tired, but she insisted, forcefully, "grilla for me! stop it!"

Ivan's is a sad story.  Born in Africa, he was taken from his family and was kept as a curiosity in South Tacoma at a discount mall called The B&I Circus Store. His place was an empty concrete room. I saw him once, sitting in a corner with his back to the wall, not moving, pitiable. Then he moved to Atlanta, where he prospered.

Here, he has a red flower in his hand, and a toddler in his arms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYYL2LxotA8

 Ramona - In Ivans Arms 2018

Ramona - In Ivans Arms 2018

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Ramona - Toddler At The Door, June 15

She's always pushing buttons; she knows the IPhone Home Button works with only my finger. She knows these things.

 Ramona - Toddler At The Door, 2018

Ramona - Toddler At The Door, 2018

I've gotten a bunch of requests for technical info on my pictures of the day.
Camera: Leica M9
Lens: Leica 35mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M ASPH
Exposure: 180/f9.5 (ISO 320)
Post processing: Adobe Photoshop Version: 13.0.1 (13.0.1.3 20131024.r.34 2013/10/24:21:00:00) x64
Operating System: Windows NT, Version: 6.2
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:15, Stepping:2 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Couple In The Gulch - One In Pink, Photo Of The Day, June 13

Cutting through the ancient beds of glacial till Puget Gulch is the channel for fresh water to the Sound. Over the years the people around it pulled out trash, old cars, tires, needles, mountains of junk to allow stands of alder, maple, fir, cottonwood to grow a thick canopy above it. The trees cool Puget Creek so that the salmon can spawn there again. 

Down the gulch people walk to the sea.

 Couple In The Gulch - One In Pink, 2018

Couple In The Gulch - One In Pink, 2018

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Crane On the East Tower of the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 11

The New Tacoma Narrows Bridge was added just to the south of the existing bridge, which was itself built to replace the famous "Galloping Gertie" that was blown to oblivion in 1940. The wreckage of that old bridge on the bottom of the strait is home to the enormous Giant Pacific Octopus. The New Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened in 2007.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/TNBhistory/Connections/connections1.htm#wf2

Vintage print, $625

 Crane On the East Tower of the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 2006

Crane On the East Tower of the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 2006

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Daisy Shadows And A Small Boy, Photo Of The Day, June 12

Visions pass swiftly sometimes, like bits swept downstream in a flood.

 Liz Standing Shadow, With Daisy Over Lit, and Me At The Floral Table Top 2018

Liz Standing Shadow, With Daisy Over Lit, and Me At The Floral Table Top 2018

 Small Boy In Dad's Arms In The Rain 2018

Small Boy In Dad's Arms In The Rain 2018

We were looking at the hummingbird grazing in the jasmine at the garden gate in early evening. Our jasmine overflows at the gate and climbs to the top of an overgrown juniper hedge near it. This vision passed slowly allowing us to follow the tiny bird flying to tiny pink blossoms, stopped in a frenzy before a sprint to the next.

And so some visions drift slowly. But the sight of the boy was almost too fast. We left a shop, nearly colliding with a young father whose arm was coiled about his baby's waist like a rope, the baby suspended and holding tight to some new toy.

They passed quickly and were gone, just like that.

 

 

 

 

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Girls Evening Play At The Beach, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 10

In early August on Puget Sound, the long evening twilight and warm incoming tide invite children down to the beach.

 Girls Evening Play At The Beach, Fox Island

Girls Evening Play At The Beach, Fox Island

This Fox Island beach is situated well for summer evenings because it faces due west and so the houses, bulkheads, and drift logs are burnished a lovely golden yellow by the setting sun.

Currents have long left enormous logs on the beach in front of our cabin. Whether these logs escaped the great rafts towed slowly to the mills or fell into the sound in the end, they became for us something to climb on and to photograph.

These children are the third generation of our family on this particular beach and as it happens they were the last of our family to enjoy summer there.

We do miss it.

Vintage print, $625

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Cambodian Girl Dancers Peeking From Backstage, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 9

When we were a young family we would go to church meetings and gather with our friends on weekends.  Sometimes we went to festivals for Faith and Life. 

 Cambodian Girl Dancers Peeking From Backstage, 1980

Cambodian Girl Dancers Peeking From Backstage, 1980

 Cambodian Girl Sitting On A TV

Cambodian Girl Sitting On A TV

During one of those festivals in the early eighties, there was a traditional dance on the big festival night given by a family from Cambodia. The girl below danced with four others.

Faith and Life brought us together with the handicapped, some severely affected. We were all very glad to be with them for they were all dear friends. The handicapped, and I know we all are, but the severely handicapped cannot hide who they are. They become our most honest people with little to hide and little reason to do so. It means that I found myself closer to truth, unsettling, honest, and joyful.

It was hard for Cambodians back then.  The war there was brutal and many fled. But that festival night was charming, and so, who could resist the utter charm of it, the young girl in traditional dress, unsure a bit and sitting on a television?

Vintage print, $625

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Cambodian Girl Sitting On A TV, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 8

When we were a young family we would go to church meetings and gather with our friends on weekends.  Sometimes we went to festivals for Faith and Life. 

During one of those festivals in the early eighties, there was a traditional dance on the big festival night given by a family from Cambodia. The girl below danced with four others.

Faith and Life brought us together with the handicapped, some severely affected. We were all very glad to be with them for they were all dear friends. The handicapped, and I know we all are, but the severely handicapped cannot hide who they are. They become our most honest people with little to hide and little reason to do so. It means that I found myself closer to truth, unsettling, honest, and joyful.

It was hard for Cambodians back then.  The war there was brutal and many fled. But that festival night was charming, and so, who could resist the utter charm of it, the young girl in traditional dress, unsure a bit and sitting on a television?

Vintage print, $625

 Cambodian Girl On A TV 1980

Cambodian Girl On A TV 1980

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Ella At The Arena, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 6

The great Ella Fitzgerald performed at the Seattle Arena in the late seventies. I made this image to accompany a review for a local throwaway. I didn't keep a tearsheet and I can't remember the name of the paper.

Vintage print, $625

 Ella At The Arena, late seventies.

Ella At The Arena, late seventies.

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 7

This bridge was the sole span across the Tacoma Narrows but also the second of its kind after the first was blown apart by the wind in the early 1940's. In 2007 a new suspension bridge arose next to it, but for over fifty years this steel bridge held the position by itself.

I loved seeing it from below because it showed how delicate the structure appeared to be while belying its great strength.

This is one of my earliest images in large format.  I had studied the principles of Ansel Adams, wishing to create a body of work that echoed Adams' majestic style. I would continue to emulate this style for another 20 years.

Vintage print, $625

 Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Beneath on the Gig Harbor side, early nineties

Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Beneath on the Gig Harbor side, early nineties

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 5

The water beneath the Murray Morgan Bridge. 

Vintage print, $625

 From The Bridge, Boats, pilings, and the sparkle on the water.

From The Bridge, Boats, pilings, and the sparkle on the water.

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 4

Some like to row and this day was perfect for it.  The wind was calm and the water smooth on Tacoma's Commencement Bay. Two large bulk cargo ships lay at anchor some distance away with fog just lifting in the morning sun. You can just make out the name of the nearest ship, "Wren."

Vintage print, $625

 Single Rower, Wren In Fog

Single Rower, Wren In Fog

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.

Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 3

Wright Park in North Tacoma still has pits for throwing horseshoes, though I have never seen anyone throw shoes there.  Near the pits an old cherry tree was in full bloom on the bright April day when I made this photograph. Large brick apartment houses ring the park and in those days they were mostly occupied by the elderly who had given up their homes and lawns for the convenience of living near the lovely parkland, and close to medical offices that surround the general hospital a few blocks away.

"Wright Park is the only considerable breathing space reserved to the people thronging the central part of this city...without being cramped for space or menaced by shows and their consequent temptations to spend their spare time within the walls of a packed building rather than in the health giving environment of trees, plants and flowers."
-- 1909, The Board of Park Commissioners in response to organizations wanting to build in the park.

Vintage print, $625

 Man Strolling Beneath Wright Park Cherry

Man Strolling Beneath Wright Park Cherry

I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.