Diana the Huntress, Tyrannosaurus rex, Blackbird/Drone & Malcolm ParryFriday, September 02, 2011
You just might wonder what these photographs have in common. You might guess that I may have used the same camera and the same film. You would be correct there. But then what would a Tyrannosaurus rex, a statue of Diana the Huntress, Malcolm Parry, a yet to be identified statue of a nude woman and a strange looking airplane strip have in common?
One of the boring tasks of my profession is to file my photographs. I have piles and piles of photographs that I have not been able to file because I have forgotten the names of my subjects or I am unable to find a nomenclature handle for filing.
That is the case of the sheet of negatives I found today and of which I have made a digital contact sheet so you can see the actual spread in the sequence that they were taken. I have picked what I thought were the better shots and enlarged them.
I had problems with the first image of Diana the Huntress which I first misnamed in my mind as Mercury the Messenger. But as soon as put " Diana in the courtyard of the Met" in Google I hit paydirt. That made the Tyrannosaurus rex a specimen from New York City’s American Museum of Natural History. There are obviously many more pictures in my files (filed as NY City) that precede the last seen in the beginning of this roll.
I have no memory of the location for my picture of Malcolm Parry and the laughing woman.
The airplanes presented a problem until I noticed the picture you see here. It was, I thought a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. As unique as this plane is there are a few in museums in the US that display it. But the fact is that this plane is not the SR-71 but its predecessor the M-21 and only two were made that carried on its back the Lockeed D-21 drone. Only one museum has it and that is the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle.
So, 20 exposures took me from New York City to Vancouver to Seattle.