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  1. Re: A footwear thread for landscapers (running shoes vs. hiking boots?)

    Paste wax (bee seal, sno-seal, or nikwax paste wax) are the old standards. Lately, emulsified products like Nikwax aqueous wax have become the preferred choice, because bees wax can sometimes make it...
  2. Re: A footwear thread for landscapers (running shoes vs. hiking boots?)

    I've become a running shoe guy (love my trail running shoes w/sticky rubber). But it depends on your feet and on the terrain.

    If you're expecting a lot of snow (especially hard summer snow) or...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    It's backpacking heaven along the crest trail. Someday I'd like to take the opposite approach and spend 3 or 4 days up there. Maybe bring some climbing stuff for day trips to the peaks. Or a good...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    I think so. I have a small first aid kit, which has mostly been useful for tape and moleskin. I only bring it if I'm going up with someone less experienced, or if going somewhere more remote. It has...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    Just a quick trip report ... awesome, amazing walk. I almost didn't go at all because of lousy forecast (the National Weather Service described a complex pattern which included the word "monsoon,"...
  6. Re: Landscape photography: dead and forgotten at art museums?

    Are you sure you saw all the photography at MoMA and the Met? At MoMA, at least, there's always been a big couple of rooms housing 19th and 20th century work from the permanent collection. It...
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    Re: Why do Edward Weston' prints suck?

    They actually may have been.

    Back then, people weren't always as self-consious about their legacies, and didn't always rip up their rejects. I'd heard from a curator at the Colorado Historical...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    Happily the trails are really well marked up there. I mostly like the phone because it creates a track and gives me all kinds of nerdy trip stats. And (gasp) it'll be my camera.

    There may be some...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    This instant coffee is drinkable ... if iced, it's actually really good. More than enough caffeine. My gf and I buy stumptown beans for weekends ($$$) and drink the mt. hagen on weekday mornings, at...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    I'm getting up early tomorrow to do a 24 mile loop through the tetons. If you're familiar with the area, I'm going up the start of Death Canyon, up over the static peak and buck mtn. divides, into...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    I've been trying in vain to find my copy of John Krakauer's essay on the 1st ascent of Mont Blanc. The provision list included cases of wine and brandy. I divided the number of bottles by the number...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    There is ongoing conversation about whether or not art-studio counts as academia (and whether an MFA is an academic agree). I've encountered this mostly in the literary world, where there's debate...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    If it isn't obvious from this exchange, Kirk is using using the word for what it actually means, and you are using it connotatively, as an insult. For a word like academic to have entered popular use...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    You lose me here, with the idea that talking / writing about art is somehow at odds with the possibility of ambiguity or openness (it isn't). And with the idea of Romanticism being cuddly (I don't...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Tripod
    noun
    1 a three-legged stand for supporting a camera or other apparatus.
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    That's very interesting, although it sounds like a want ad ... I suspect this is one institution's job description, and so it won't perfectly mirror other institutions.

    Curators at big museums, in...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    adjective
    of or relating to education and scholarship: academic achievement | he had no academic qualifications.
    • of or relating to an educational or scholarly institution or environment:...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    I wouldn't ever argue with that. I just have trouble with an idea that's often implied ... that trying to understand something more deeply, or in a broader context, or in relation to more things,...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    In my experience people pretend things are less complicated than they are.

    I won't go as far as Socrates, who said "the unexamined life is not worth living." But I think it's a hell of a lot less...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Drew, I'm not sure how my perspective is "skewed." Toward what? By what?

    I think we agree that the Thoreauvian (I didn't know that was the adjective ... thanks) esthetic is behind a lot of what we...
  21. Re: Do most shops clean the glass and picture when mounting them?

    If they don't, you're entitled to be mad about it.
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    I agree with this completely.

    I also suspect that people are talking about something a bit different when discussing pictures of "wilderness" or "unspoiled nature." They're talking about an idea,...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    One has to travel to places that are entirely unlike what experiences on most days of one's life.

    Which raises interesting questions about what we want to explore with art. Art that's about...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    urbanization and suburbanization may be the exception from the standpoint of square miles. But if that's your criterion, then land itself is the exception!

    Look at what most people in this...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    I didn't introduce a stereotype, you did.

    I'm suggesting that it's actually easier to make the opposite case.
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Have you considered that this is just what most of our world looks like? You have to go to exceptional places to see a landscape that shows no obvious signs of development, pollution, industry, or...
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    Re: ADOBE is on the run, failed at subscribtion

    If I could afford option 3, I'd absolutely change my name to Max Turbo.
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    I think it's true in all the arts, that very few people make a living doing art and nothing else.

    In an interview Robert Frank talked about how common it was for artists to use most of their...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    It's sad that dead artists tend to command the highest prices (not just in photography). But it seems to be less the case all the time. Without having studied the matter, it looks to me like prices...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Not to sound ridiculous, but we also have to consider what we mean by "value." An investor might just mean monetary value, which is determined by market forces that can be fickle and superficial and...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Can you show us a Frederick Evans photo that's about ephemerality of light or weather? That's what Kirk and I (and Szarkowsky) have been talking about. It's the idea of capturing a changing moment....
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Thomas, I'm not sure what you're arguing. I never said he only photographed mid-day light. But he did do it a lot, and Ansel did it hardly ever.

    I don't believe Watkins was unaware of European...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Ha ... I original brought up the whole metamodern can of worms in response to someone else's mention of postmodernism ...



    Agreed. At least the goofy filter aspect of it. The more interesting...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    I do see a close connection. And I see important differences. To me, at least, the differences are more interesting than the similarities, because the similarities are relatively superficial ... they...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    I think you're conflating some very different issues. One of them is a complicated philosophical one, that has to do with the value of attribution. A typical thought experiment might propose that you...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Has anyone here called Watkins Romantic? I never would.

    Adams is a different story. If you don't see a close connection between what he did and Romantic painting, I'd suggest revisiting your art...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    It's interesting how a lot of developments that were seen as "reactions," given enough time, can start to look more like gentle evolutions. Comparing Robert Adams' early work with Weston's and Walker...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Yes Kirk, that's what I'm trying to say. Szarkowsky made the same point in an interview a few years before he died. He also talked about exposure times. I'm not the length of a typical landscape...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Well, I think most photographers since the beginning have been concerned with the quality of light. For Ansel, the quality—more specifically, the ephemerality—of light and of weather, was a central...
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    Re: Are museums collecting modern landscapers?

    Brian, I don't know who Shia LaBeouf is, and I haven't yet encountered any artists who call themselves metamodernists. The term was originally coined by Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker,...
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