Homage to the Royal Couple - a Pre-Nuptial Display
photograph by David Rees

Gosh, it's been a lifetime since I made this picture. My wife and I had been married a year and we went to England to visit the relatives - she introduced me to Auntie Nan and Auntie Janet and Uncle Bill and Auntie Trudie and cousins Alan and Sheila. Before heading north to Manchester, we had a week in London and it was an exciting time. We saw theatre and traipsed through the parks. The city was alive with the anticipation of the marriage of Charles and Diana. Even the lingerie shopkeepers felt compelled to offer some homage to the royal couple. We made a point of leaving London on the day of the wedding, because it would be such a crush of folks. I have no regrets about that.

If I were a network news correspondent and had to offer observations about my 'feelings' and regard for Princess Di, now that she has died, I think I would want to say that I always felt a bit sorry for her - not that Charles could not have been a good match for her (though it turned out he wasn't really interested in her, but just in her bearing his kids) but because after she met up with the House of Windsor, her life was never her own. This craziness that led up to her death is really a culmination of all sorts of indignities and indulgences - caused by being tossed into the limelight. It was no way to live.

More of David Rees' photographs can be found at: http://www.missouri.edu/~jourdlr

David can be reached via e-mail:

© 1997 David Rees

#24, from the exhibit "52 Photographs"
photograph by Darin Boville

"52 Photographs" is an exhibit of my work from 1996 and 1997.

I grew up on Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and the other usual suspects. In my hometown of Akron, Ohio we were exceedingly lucky--although I did not realize how lucky at the time--to have a curator at our local art museum who prized photography as an art form. In that small but attractive Italian Renaissance-style building I spent many hours. I still remember the Harry Callahan works that the museum purchased and displayed in their intimate reading room just beyond the main entrance. Another high point was the major exhibit of Cindy Sherman's large color prints as she burst upon the art scene in the heady 1980's. (Later I purchased the exhibition catalog from the bargain table of a nearby bookstore for one dollar!) From the California "f/64" school and their descendants to the trendy works of Barbara Krueger and the Starn Twins, I lived in a secret trove of riches--until, suddenly, the curator moved to Los Angeles.

Recently, I went home to visit my family and friends and to show them my new daughter. I stopped by the Akron Art Museum hoping that I would find myself treated to the sort of photography exhibit that I mistook for commonplace in my formative years. I did not go in: the only photography exhibit was historical photos of the local rubber industry.

The exhibit "52 Photographs" can be found at: http://members.aol.com/darinb/52_Photographs.html

Darin can be reached via e-mail at

© 1997 Darin Boville

photograph by Stephen Higgins

This image was taken on an independent photo project at the end of my senior school in high school. This was the time that I was discovering what I was most interested in shooting. It ended up that the decay and age of factories and old farm houses was my main interest.This particular image illustrates both decay and a new generation of buildings built next to the old.

It was taken with a toy camera called Minolta X700 and the film was Kodak T400CN, the new C-41 B&W film.

Stephen can be reached via e-mail at

© 1997 Stephen Higgins

Volunteer Fireman
Blue River, Oregon
photograph by Herman Krieger

The first one is from the series "Blue River Anthology". It is a photo of a volunteer fireman, from a photo essay done in Blue River, Oregon, a small town located on the western side of the Cascades.

This and other photo essays can be found at http://www.efn.org/~hkrieger

Herman Krieger can be reached via e-mail at

© 1997 Herman Krieger

Shikotan Island
photograph by Sergey Rogalsky

My name is Sergey Rogalsky. I am a post graduate student of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry of Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences. My hobby is travel. For several years I was traveling about the Far East, especially around Shikotan Island. As you might know, earlier Shikotan was a Japanese territory, but now is Russian.The nature of this island is magic. There's nothing like it!

I made a great number of beautiful photos on Fuji, Konica and Kodak films (negatives and slides). I visited all the very picturesque bays of Shikotan and commemorated them on photographic films. My complete collection has more than 300 prints and about 50 slides of Shikotan, each very different. Usually I was traveling to remote places far from the populated area.

Sergey can be reached via e-mail at

© 1997 Sergey Rogalsky

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