Single Issue No. 13

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LG No. 13, 64 pages, single issue. (1 PDF issue). Cover image by Ralph Gibson.
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Dear Sir or Madam:

It’s Looking Glass N° 13! We made it through the solstice, the world’s temperature is set on Bake, and in my head I hear Ella singing Gershwin, Summertime and the livin’ is easy. The summer season is here and many people are traveling. Now that airlines are charging for squares of toilet paper and oxygen by the breath, I’ve transitioned to the hyper-pragmatic state of: how many film holders will fit under the seat in front of me? Air travel is a lot more complicated than it used to be for the trekker that uses film. Every bag, every cubic centimeter has a price now. For those that experience Gear Acquisition Syndrome, known to photographers as GAS, that means anguish and a mental chess game of choosing smaller systems with fewer moving parts. Maybe being forced to scale down is a good thing!

Beyond the necessities such as my patent-pending, combination dark cloth/changing bag/nudist privacy screen (c’mon, you know you want one!), my travel anxiety comes down to this: Should I risk the x-ray machine or ship film to my destination ahead of time? Then there is the fact that I don’t own any carbon fiber—how much can I carry? Even my old pickup line, “Wanna play Sherpa?” is going to need some updating. It’s not very politically correct, and more importantly, it doesn’t persuade my girlfriend to carry additional camera gear… Anymore.

Speaking of Looking Glass N° 13, did you know that when a person is highly superstitious of the number thirteen, they are suffering from Triskaidekaphobia? Traditional photographers with this affliction would have to alter all of their gear. At EV13, a light meter could read: This light barely casts a shadow—don’t trust it! In fact, our dear publisher leans towards the superstitious and insists on f/11.4 instead of the aperture that must not be named.

This issue has a nice balance between method and philosophy of image making. I find that it is particularly inspiring to read the writing of talented and seasoned photographers that are still searching for the answer to our essential question: What am I trying to do here and how will I accomplish it? After reading all of the contributions, I have come to the conclusion that it’s as easy as ABC, Always Be Composing!

In this action-packed issue, we all get to sit in first class. In One for the Road, Tim Scott seeks to understand what makes a successful landscape. On an unplugged and extended version of Ramblings, David Roberts lets us in on his private journey that is happening at this very moment! In The Way I See It, Alan Ross continues to find new ways to teach others to “see” photographically. Featured artist Tobi Wilkinson’s portfolio presents an intimate window into India. Gordon Undy shares a photograph by Ralph Gibson in our ongoing series, My Collection. In The Silver Bulletin, John Wimberley goes underwater for the Realization of Anima. Featured artist Angie Turnbull’s still life portfolio is like a visual artist finding a time machine.

Want to improve your technique and results? Looking Glass Loves explores some of Alan Ross’s upcoming workshops. Finally, if you’re trying to get everything in focus from your shoe laces to the moon, read this month’s how-to: Focussing the View Camera: Part Two. It makes me wonder, is the moon really at infinity or do we have to set our sights a little further? Enjoy!

LG No. 13, (64 pages), single issue (1 PDF issue).

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