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Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Janet Sternburg

Thank You, Janet Sternburg, 2009, San Miguel de Allende   I wish I could remember how I first heard about Times Quotidian. I do remember saying to myself, “Wow, this sounds like something unique and visionary – I wonder if they’d be interested in my writing for it.” They of course was Nancy Cantwell, editor extraordinaire, and she opened the door to what became a stream of my essays bringing together words, images, and music, on photography, films, books, artists, history, time and memory.  But none of that last sentence nails what’s special about TQ, because it divides my essays into categories. The whole point for me is that I’ve been able to leap over categories. Key to my experience with TQ has been the welcoming … [Read more...]

On Her Own: Photography and Time in Maine

A Meditation on ‘Chansonetta: The Life and Photographs of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, 1858 - 1937 ’ by Marius B. Peladeau,  with an introduction by Berenice Abbott, published in Maine Antique Digest, Waldoboro, Maine, December, 1977 – Chansonetta with camera at the beginning of her life as a photographer Chansonetta Stanley Emmons (1858 -1957) packs her camera, a 1904 5 x 7 inch Century capable of speeds from 3 to 1/100th of a second—along with her tripod, carrying case and glass plates, it is a bulky load but she is setting off with a helper, her daughter Dorothy, sometime model as well. They load the equipment into a Ford motorcar given to Chansonetta by her two brothers, both inventors, one of the Stanley Steamer, the other of the … [Read more...]