Monday, February 23, 2009

Back to reality...sort of

I had a hard time settling into Monday today. I was exhausted but felt really restless. I couldn't get into what was going on in the classroom and the last thing I wanted to do was practice counselling in triads. It really felt like a Monday today! This must be the sign of a good weekend (which we had, indeed!).

Our little road trip took us to Rochester, NY on Saturday where we visited the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House. There was a really fascinating display of cameras called Machines of Memory: Cameras from the Technology Collection which included interesting toy cameras, vintage cameras disguised as innocuous items (my favorite was a camera disguised as a book from 1889) and various other cameras Kodak created throughout the ages (including film projectors). It was a great way to see the evolution of photography through these specimens and to see some really rare devices!

My favorite part of our self-guided tour was Truth Beauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945. What an amazing exhibit! There were pieces by Alfred Steiglitz (like the one pictured above titled, Sun Rays - Paula, Berlin c. 1889), F. Holland Day and Edward Steichen represented in the 130+ masterworks. I loved reading about the different photographers and the different methods used to produce the prints. I think the most incredible piece in the museum, however - hands down! - was the broken glass plate of Abraham Lincoln which was donated to the museum anonymously. The photograph produced from the plate was really something - I felt like I was actually looking at Abraham, himself! The detail was amazing and there was almost a 3-D quality to the print!

We picked up a nice Taschen book of all of the photographs included in the George Eastman Photographic Collection along with some other little goodies at the museum gift store to conclude our 'tour'. It was a really wonderful way to spend the afternoon with my little family! Thanks, J+H! ♥

Yesterday, we had a mixed bag of activities which included purging books, dropping H off at a wall-climbing party and watching the Oscars with a couple of friends. (The show was underwhelming but the company was nice which made up for it!)

And now, it's Monday again. This week is busier than most for schoolwork but then, I'll have two weeks of no classes - one to complete a huge assignment and the other for Reading Week which I'm looking forward to!

Hope you had a lovely weekend and a nice start to the week! Talk soon. xo


Skip said...

So descriptive, always! Love it. Yeah those glass prints are a trip. Glad you guys had fun and are back safe.

Ima Ventriloquist said...

Aww...thanks, Skip! (So sweet!!!) Hope you have a nice week! :)