Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Edward Wilson's Frozen Imagery

Edward Wilson, Diary of the ‘Discovery’ Expedition to the Antarctic 1901-1904, with 47 watercolours by the Author. Published by Humanities Press, New York, 1967.

This diary is complete with illustrations--hand-drawn or watercolored, on-site images by Edward Wilson, an expert, a scientist and explorer who accompanied Scott on the ship 'Discovery' to the South Polar region. These were made prior to photographers recording the scenes, but as you can imagine, bring much more atmosphere and character to a scene than could a photograph which records only light.

"The Discovery in winterquarters, 1903" is a view into the frozen environment at the South Pole, circa 1900. This illustration and many like it describe a world blinded to color and heat of any kind.

"Auraural bands above Observation Hill". It has the feeling of joy and amazement at experiencing the auroral glow. Not sure why spelling is different from aurora.

Find more books on adventures and discoveries at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Library. View our web pages. or our online version book catalog here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thorobred and Water and Power

This photograph describes the pride of the fishermen and their catch: “45’ THOROBRED, a Garbutt & Walsh built sloop, dressed for sword-fishing at a dock on Terminal Island, California”. Photograph was taken after 1928.

LA as Subject’s (LAAS hereafter) 7th Annual Bazaar was held Saturday October 27, 2012 at University of Southern California’s Doheny Library. Before climbing to the second floor space for the Bazaar, visitors looked at a themed exhibit that captured in many views the unfolding drama of water as an element and its use as a utility in the development of the city.

The exhibit was solicited from LAAS member photographic collections that represented the theme “water and power”. Above is shown the Los Angeles Maritime Museum’s submission revealing the theme as recreation and enterprise in this image from the Garbutt and Walsh Collection.

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