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Reflection of Bath Abbey in the waters of the Roman Baths next door

Reflection of Bath Abbey in the waters of the Roman Baths next door

When marzapane and I were young, we joked that we only showed up in family photos as scale. We were scale to cathedrals and ruins, walls and parish churches, towers and noble houses. We were scale because our parents are art historians, documenting our childhood trips not just for memory, but for use in lectures. Our vacation photos doubled as lecture slides.

This week, for the first time, I did it too. I posted vacation photos for my class to look at, as examples of particular kinds of historical construction. Immersed as the world is in copyright tensions, it's reassuring to know that I have some images to hand whose usage rights are entirely, unquestionably, mine.

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rhube
Jan. 23rd, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
Nice picture!
mutabbal
Jan. 23rd, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
tee hee hee. I have a funny memory, vaguely related.

I remember your father, Abu Owlfish, telling my family about his photography strategies, and it was indeed a full family affair.

When visiting photographable churches whose caretakers seemed to take a dim view of photography, you and marzapane were expected to provide auditory "cover" for your father by coughing or sneezing over the sound of the camera shutter.

owlfish
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
The Fine Art of Family Vacation Lecture Slides!
marzapane
Jan. 25th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
indeed! this made me laugh out loud
owlfish
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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owlfish
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's by far the more lucid of my reflection photos from that trip.
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 23rd, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm just thinking of Cranky Professor's late first advisor ... All of his pictures did indeed have "child for scale"! hee! I have some great pictures, unfortunately mostly slides, that I should convert and use.
owlfish
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
As someone who as of yesterday got a new scanner (I blew out the old one!), I highly recommend scanners with slide-scanning capabilities. Magical things.
printperson
Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Nice photo!. And my brother and I provided scale in photographs of geological formations for my father's earth science textbook. There seems to be a pattern here.
owlfish
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
It's a tradition!
moon_custafer
Jan. 23rd, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
My father's lecture slides were all of single-family houses, so the scale was usually self-evident. He usually manged to keep people out of them entirely. (Lest this sound cold, my parents do have lots of photos where my brother and/or myself really are the subjects).
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owlfish
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
At least most children look like approximately how old they are - it helps with the height scale. Scales don't need to be well-dressed, appropriately groomed, or have well-schooled faces in order to function perfectly fine. Stilts, however, are Not Encouraged.
geesepalace
Jan. 23rd, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's a wonderful photo, but I have no sense of scale.
owlfish
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Two inches or a thousand miles? It's hard to tell the difference sometimes.

I made inadequate use of my available scales. Parts of them show up in many of my photos, and all of them show up blocking the best part of the view. Clearly, I need to work on this.
thespis_mellie
Jan. 23rd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Been there!!! Love Bath :)
marzapane
Jan. 25th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
Ah, but was he really exploiting us for scale, or was it a clever tactic to subtly share photos of his incredibly adorable children with a broad audience?
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Apr. 29th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
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