Things have been slow and quiet around the archive lately. Some of you might be wondering what's going on, how progress is coming, where does the project stand right now, etc?Read More
More than a thousand words
Thoughts, reflections and learnings along the way.
A little over a year ago I embarked on a journey of great personal interest. My goal was to document, archive and publish a book about my grandfather Joe H. Shipp’s photography. Today marks a significant milestone along that long journey: I offer for the first time a preview of photographs from the first half of the archive—hopefully making my interest yours.Read More
Today I'm taking a little break from the archiving to write a little update and to explain to anyone whom is curious, just what I am doing exactly. The archive process is pretty simple, but in this post I'll try to break it down for you. First, let me say that this is not a science and I do not consider myself an Archivist—real archivist are trained professionals and are probably rolling their eyes at my even mention of the word. Second, the following process is the result of much trial and error. When I started this processI had no idea how to go about it. I'm still figuring it out. So, without further adieu… the archive process thus far:Read More
I dramatically underestimated how many negatives there were when I first started the project. My best guess at the time was about 6,000 negatives total. Boy was I wrong!Read More
You never know what you're going find when you start digging through thousands and thousands of your grandfather's old negatives. When I popped open the oldest box labeled "Negs 1949 1950 1951" and started thumbing through the hundreds of 4x5 inch brown paper envelopes I was certainly very conscious of that feeling of mystery. Just what stories lay waiting to be told in these boxes of paper and acetate? One of these stories is very mysterious indeed, and stars none other than my grandfather, Joe, and an intriguing young lady that I now know as "Cyntra Ann".Read More