M.Leddy + photography   227

Mother’s Day
I want to say Happy Mother’s Day, but I also want to think about what mothers endure, with and without their children. This photograph by Dorothea Lange is not “the past.”
Mother’sDay  photography 
4 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Pareidolia
A bit of an egg-roll wrapper.
life  photography 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
A 1950s pumpkin
I went looking for a pumpkin last night and found this photograph. The description “Alger Hiss at Princeton” baffled me. And then I remembered a little history.
Halloween  photography 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Photographs by Joanna Key
Photographs by my friend Joanna Key, appearing in Midwestern Gothic.
photography 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Labor Day
Photograph of a welder, 1942.
photography  work 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
Information overload
A postal worker carrying lots of mail, c. 1920.
mail  photography 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
A mystery of the deep
Do you know what you’re seeing here?
food  photography 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Zippy Dean
In today’s Zippy, Zippy walks in the rain, just like James Dean in a famous Dennis Stock photograph.
comics  photography  Zippy 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
LY 1–7116
An exchange name on the back of a photograph.
photography  telephone 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Union Iron Works
[“Union Iron Works. Decatur, Ill.”
Illinois  photography 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Mailboxes of Seattle
David Peterman’s photographs of Seattle’s 346 — no, make that 347 — mailboxes.
mail  photography 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Thomas Merton photographs
Photographs by Thomas Merton, on display in New York.
photography  ThomasMerton 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Inside General Pencil
The New York Times Magazine has a terrific feature on Jersey City’s General Pencil Company.
pencils  photography 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
From Jazz Dance
If Weegee were to have made a film at a jazz dance, I think it would look much like this one.
dance  film  jazz  music  photography 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Orange Julep art
Route 9, Plattsburgh, New York.
diners  photography 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Labor Day
Orange crate work, a photograph by Jack Delano.
orange  photography  work 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Orange pump art
A photograph By John Margolies.
orange  photography 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Page 273
Webster’s Second in the New York Times morgue.
dictionary  NewYorkTimes  photography 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
More Vivian Maier
Almost 500 never-before-shown Vivian Maier prints.
photography 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
The Fourth
A photograph by John Vachon.
photography 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Fred Stein photography
Photographs of New York and Paris.
NewYork  photography 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Pogie the porcupine
From the Animal Lending Library.
libraries  photography 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Animal Lending Library
The Animal Lending Library was a service of the California Junior Museum, which allowed children seven and older to borrow hamsters, porcupines, rabbits, rats, skunks, and squirrels.
libraries  photography 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The Times now has a photograph that is unmistakably of Big Joe Turner.
jazz  music  photography 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Which Joe Turner?
A photograph in the New York Times: of the singer Big Joe Turner, or of the pianist Joe Turner?
jazz  music  NewYorkTimes  photography 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Billie Holiday, 1957
Photographs of Billie Holiday by Jerry Dantzic, taken during Holiday’s week-long engagement at the Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark, New Jersey, April 1957.
BillieHoliday  jazz  music  photography 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Grey day with squirrel
I thought of lines from William Carlos Williams: “The descent beckons / as the ascent beckoned.” This squirrel was taking its time about heeding the beck.
nature  photography  poetry  WilliamCarlosWilliams 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Stale candy
“Penny Candy.” Photograph by Eliot Elisofon.
Halloween  photography 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
A tribute in dubious taste
I have to wonder what it means to ”celebrate” a photograph that documents human suffering by turning that photograph into an opportunity to market high-end stationery supplies.
Blackwing  pencils  photography 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Orange light art
[“As seen in east-central Illinois.”
orange  photography  shopping 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Twistee Treat
This soft-serve stand closed in 2014.
dowdyworld  photography 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Labor Day
A supermarket cashier and a wide variety of cigarettes.
cigarettes  photography  work 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Harlem 1958 interactive
From the New York Daily News, an interactive version of Art Kane’s famed photograph Harlem 1958 .
Harlem  jazz  music  photography 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Planet Melba
If Bob Ross were here, he’d call it a “happy little planet.”
photography 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
On Louis Armstrong’s birthday
I think of Armstrong as a bodhisattva showing us all the way to enlightenment.
jazz  LouisArmstrong  music  photography 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
The Fourth
A 1956 photograph of a refugee child pledging allegiance.
flag  photography 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Bill Cunningham (1929–2016)
“Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive.”
advice  life  money  photography 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
“Ordinary, thrown-away things”
Joel Meyerowitz on photographing objects in the painter Giorgio Morandi’s studio.
art  materialculture  photography 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Good advice
“I like to tell people that if you wait until you’re completely qualified for something, maybe it’s too late.”
advice  life  photography 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Planter
Outside a North End restaurant.
Boston  food  photography 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
The shadow of an angry Bert
It’s just the shadow of a lamp on paneling. But when I noticed it the other day, it looked like the shadow of an angry Bert.
photography 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
The life of Vivian Maier
New details from the life of the photographer Vivian Maier.
photography 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Younger, sepia
Why are you seeing this photograph? Because Fresca has suggested to her readers that they post baby pictures.
childhood  photography 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Veterans Day
A photograph from 1942: one small moment of daily routine in a dark time.
photography  VeteransDay 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Labor Day
A Jack Delano photograph.
photography  work 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Tidy?
Take that, Marie Kondo.
clutter  photography 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
TWA, JFK
The photographer Max Tuohey tours the Trans World Flight Center, aka the TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
design  dowdyworld  photography 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
The Fourth
A Gordon Parks photograph.
flag  photography 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Sad candy
Having worked in the lower depths of retail while in college, I remain alert, always, to the feeling of utter loneliness in retail spaces.
photography 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
SKRWT
An easy-to-use app to fix lens distortion and other problems in iOS photographs.
iOS  photography 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Happy together
My turtles, like my people, have left my office for a new home.
life  photography 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
My people
These people shared an office with me for years.
life  photography 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
“Us teenagers”
Photograph: a high-school classroom, 1948. Bad spelling.
education  highschool  photography 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
Gill Sans
A spokesgill-man for the sardine industry.
food  photography  sardines 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
Go fish
This photograph is for sardine connoisseurs, among whom I proudly number.
food  photography  sardines 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Valentine’s Day
This photograph reminds me of the Webster’s Third definition of heart, the start of which Nabokov quotes in Pnin: “a hollow, muscular organ.”
photography 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Santa’s helper
The November 17, 1961 issue of Life ran a two-page photo essay on Charles Howard’s Santa Claus school in Albion, New York.
Christmas  photography 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
On break
Santa in a coffeeshop, 1962.
Christmas  photography 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
“Some nests”
Black tree, white sky, and “some nests.”
Nancy  photography  WallaceStevens 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
“Notorious Dead Criminals”
The file-drawer label “Notorious Dead Criminals” is worthy of Chief Wiggum. But it belongs to the FBI.
photography 
november 2014 by M.Leddy
Veterans Day
A photograph from the Library of Congress.
photography  VeteransDay 
november 2014 by M.Leddy
Water towers of New York
The photographer Ronnie Farley on New York water towers
NewYorkCity  photography 
october 2014 by M.Leddy
Demon bat-pepper
This one is the scariest I’ve faced.
food  photography 
october 2014 by M.Leddy
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