Context Archives – 1

I recently came across a set of slides (Ektachrome, I suspect) that I shot in 1979 for my 5th Year Design Studio in Architecture School. I haven’t found any shots of the actual site, but you can see a portion of it on the right side of this image, a white bungalow that was converted to a restaurant as I recall. The design project was for a repertory theatre, and we had a reasonable-sized lot to work with. I elected to keep the existing house for scale and neighborhood context, and arrange the theatre and rental commercial and office spaces around it.

The site in Eugene, Oregon is on Thirteenth Street, the commercial strip leading from Downtown to the Campus of the University of Oregon. Bob’s Superette remains one of my favorite buildings in that neighborhood.

I’ve scanned the slides, and converted some to black and white. I’ll post them each day for the next week.

The Birth of Sanslartigue

10 years ago today I posted my first photographs in the original Sanslartigue. You can click here to see that very first post.

Here are the first two photographs, both from my phone at the time, an iPhone 3G, and processed with the Camera + app. For those of you who have found the link to my Instagram below, you’ve seen that I graduated to a first generation iPhone SE and processing in Snapseed. Both the original Sanslartigue and the current version include photographs from phones, film cameras, a variety of Canon and Fuji digital cameras, plus occasional scanned photos taken by my father and grandfather.

During a trip to Spain that Spring of 2011, my wife and I had visited an exhibit of Jacques Henri Lartigue’s photo albums at the Caixa Forum in Madrid. I came away from that exhibit with the need to create and share albums of my photos, and decided that a photo blog might suit that need, and Sanslartigue was born. I don’t think I had any idea that I’d still be posting photos for each day 10 years later. As noted in the About page, I’ve been taking photos for 60 years, and the subjects range from travel to architecture to construction to landscape to street photography.