A Photo Is Worth: Everything old can be new again

https://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-0720ov_Eugene_de_Salignac_photo.jpgDr. Wayne Baker welcomes guest columnist Rodney Curtis, who usually writes at Spiritual Wanderer.
Here is Rodney’s 5th OurValues column, this week … (You can see the earlier 4 columns by using the links above the headline.)

This week, pictures are telling the OurValues stories and I hope you’ll use the Comment area below to tell us about photos that have shaped your life. Today, I wanted you to see this photo, at right.

Photo 5:
High Above New York

What’s old often is new again. I’m always learning and seeing new things online.

When a bunch of Brooklyn Bridge painters decided to show off for Eugene de Salignac in 1914, they probably didn’t think we’d be talking about them almost 100 years later. De Salignac never had any formal photo training, but was the official photographer for The Department of Bridges/Plant and Structures in New York City for almost 30 years. 

Recently, The New Yorker published a group of old photos from the NYC Municipal Archives and this one has become a new favorite of mine. The painters would give today’s OSHA fits, supported as they were with no safety wires or nets. But they look as though they’re arranged on a musical score, somehow representing an earlier, perhaps more innocent time.


What’s your favorite old or classic image?


The San Diego-based Museum of Photographic Arts, founded in 1974, has established a Flickr stream for many early photographs, including the one I featured today by Eugene de Salignac.

Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an experiment in civil dialogue about American values.

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