Ernst was my grandfather. Otto was his cousin.
In 2012, my mother found a box in the attic that was probably tagged to be tossed in the trash. One last look uncovered a treasure. Correspondence between Ernst and Otto dating from the early 1940’s to the mid-1990’s. Letters outlining the birth of my mother and two uncles, stories about Otto’s ultimate immigration to Lima, Peru, tidbits about the book Ernst was writing, and all sorts of references to the world around them.
In a previous post, I talked about a Leica camera that I inherited from my grandfather – there are references to this camera in these letters.
I am taking these 50 years of correspondence and putting together an iBook. A look at their extraordinary lives thru the letters they wrote to each other. No ETA as of yet. We are still getting all the letters organized chronologically and translated – most of Otto’s letters are written in German. When I go to NC next month, we’ll look at photos that would work with the text.
I find it fascinating because it’s my grandpa. I also find it fascinating with it’s history.
I should have paid more attention in history class in school.
I just added a new link – over there on the right. It’s a link to my Instagram feed. Mostly fun and quirky stuff I find during my day. Sometimes I will post an image from my Now You See Me project there.
I like Instagram. I like the app, the sharing, and the chance to meet new people. Our Chicago group is pretty active, meeting about once a month to photograph and have lunch or something. There is even a couple that drives in from Indianapolis for our outings! If you are interested, find us on Instagram at @igerschicago. We’d love for you to join us virtually or in person!
I think the best part about Instagram is the part about meeting new people. @awareofthevoid is one such photographer. I am not sure who started following who first but I can say it’s been a lot of fun getting to know him both on Instagram and now on Facebook. He loves film photography and does his own developing. It’s been fun getting his opinion on such things as equipment and films. We’ve helped each other edit images for shows. We’ve never met in person – he lives in Ireland.
The world is a wonderful place!
Check out his work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/okmqaz42/with/6093913165/