My Grandfather’s Pictures

My Grandfather’s Pictures


December 12, 2009 2:48 pm

These are great pictures; I guess you inherited part of your talent. I can see the same thoughtfulness in this work as I do in yours.
Generatioins of excellence.

December 13, 2009 8:21 pm

Hi James:
This is a great post and I’m glad you started a blog. I subscribed. I heard that you are no longer teaching, and that sucks for Harrington, but I really don’t know how you put up with us! You are a patient man, and also very knowledgeable. Your critiques were always very helpful. Thank you.

December 14, 2009 12:50 am

@Karina- Thank you for your comment. Scanning these photographs, thinking about them, trying to decipher them and understand my grandfather’s life has been an interesting journey in understanding and embracing the role of facticity in my own work.

@Michael- Teaching as an adjunct was incredibly fulfilling for 5 years, and I stopped in order to pursue other projects and focus on creating for awhile. I’m quite sure that I will return to teaching in some capacity at some point in the future. I loved “putting up” with you guys! We sure did have some great crits! Your kind comments are appreciated, and I wish you all the luck in the world. I know you’ll make it happen.

December 14, 2009 2:35 pm

I agree with Michael. I’m glad you were my professor. Also you are really cute!

December 15, 2009 1:04 am

Your slightly off topic comment has simultaneously made me blush and consider moderation of comments. You are too kind :)

Giovanni Hale
December 22, 2009 9:07 am

Thank you for sharing the photos. They are wonderful. Are the photos retouched?

Giovanni Hale

James Godman
December 22, 2009 12:53 pm

Hi Giovanni- Thanks for the kind comment. I have only retouched some dust from the scans.

January 2, 2010 4:23 pm


James Godman
January 3, 2010 10:38 pm

Thanks Elena!

Jon Lowenstein
January 6, 2010 4:48 pm

Hey man…beautiful pics by your grandfather…I’m doing a project about the South Side and would love to chat some time. I’m using a polaroid and some of these shots remind me of the work, places i’m shooting…funny…peace,
jon lowenstein

James Godman
January 6, 2010 11:44 pm

Hi Jon- I love all of your South side images! Feel free to call as it would be great to hear more about your project.

January 28, 2010 4:17 pm

fantastic shots !

Bill Pritchett
October 6, 2010 9:59 pm

James! Great update on your web site.
The lady in the rocking chair is Grandma Parks.

Well done on your work.

November 12, 2010 6:50 am

Thanks Pigneguy!

November 12, 2010 6:51 am

Thanks bill and great to hear from you! The pics you sent me are so cool.

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