Recommended reading

💻 An old friend of mine likes to say, “My mind is like a bad neighborhood. You don’t want to go in there alone.” For many of us, we spend a lot of time in our heads, and sometimes that’s not good for us. David Cain offers practical advice for getting our of our heads. Read How to Get Out of Your Own Head

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Canon PowerShot S95, 2018

💻 brandib got go go up in an old biplane recently. She shares some photos from the air, as well as her reflections. Read Deep Thoughts In Flight

📷 One of the great things about the photo blogs I follow is that they show me things I’d never get to see otherwise. Andrew Morang went to Mound, Louisiana and photographed an abandoned school Read The Abandoned School of Mound, Louisiana

📷 Mike Connealy schools us all on how to take a portrait with a view camera. Read Trial Run

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11 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    You always have the most interesting roundup, Jim. It’s a pleasure to be part of it!

    The story about the school makes me wish I were braver about going in some of the abandoned places I see. I’ll just have to live vicariously through your friend!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome!

      I have a rule: stay out of places where I’d be trespassing. That means all abandoned structures. A corollary: I go into abandoned infrastructure (roads, bridges) after making a reasonable check for a No Trespassing sign.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Same here but it’s quite the sport for many. I left an abandoned places Facebook group this year that encouraged trespassing and souvenir hunting. Not for me but I do quietly admire those who slip in for a shot or two and leave without causing trouble.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I love looking at photos people take when they trespass. I just don’t have their chutzpah!

          1. brandib1977 Avatar

            Me neither! I also wouldn’t want someone trespassing on my property so I’m always mindful of that too.

        2. Andy Umbo Avatar
          Andy Umbo

          On Milwaukee has a recurring entry called “Urban Spelunking” where they go into defunct buildings and the like and take pictures, and write a little of the history…always a good read!

          https://onmilwaukee.com/on/urban%20spelunking

          1. brandib1977 Avatar

            I’ll check it out. Thanks!!

  2. tbm3fan Avatar
    tbm3fan

    Regarding flight and stories about the first time someone ever flew there is this months Air & Space. The whole magazine is about “We All Fly.” Stories encompass some of the early planes after the Wright Brothers to up to the Space Shuttle and how the pilots love for flight started.

    On trespassing, the USS Hornet was allowed onto the mothballed ships in the Suisun Reserve Fleet and one person, a photographer, came with us who took pictures of abandoned ships. Her males friends heard and thought it would be cool to sneak aboard the ships one whole weekend to spend two days taking pictures. That means past security and they succeeded till the pictures went up on the web. Did the shi! hit the fan in both Washington and Suisun as the department of Transportation, MARAD is under them, wanted to know how. Access to the ships was closed for a year but in the end the two trespassers were not prosceuted.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The trespassers should have at least had to pay a fine for that!

  3. DougD Avatar
    DougD

    I got a flight in a Stearman biplane for my 40th birthday. It was awesome, I even got to take the controls for a couple of minutes.

    Highly recommended.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Sounds like fun!

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