Here are dawn to dusk photographs of Fire Island, New York, a sparkling beach spot on the Atlantic Ocean. Commentaries enhance the viewing by describing in detail what makes each image unique and remarkable. Surprisingly, this collaborative work began as the result of a casual meeting on a photography web site for the exchange of ideas and comments. The two authors, Mildred Alpern and Robert Tallent, thus embarked on a long running and on-going interchange in cyberspace. Their separate introductions outline the setting for the thirty images in this book, describe the ways in which their collaboration developed as a shared experience of image taking and viewing, and provide the reader with sharp insights into ways of looking at all photographs. Here is a useful and delightful book for instruction in photography appreciation, to be used with students of all ages, in and outside of classrooms.
Mildred Alpern is a former European History teacher who became interested in photography with the advent of digital; Robert Tallent is a former science teacher for whom photography has been a lifelong interest beginning at a young age. They met on a photography web site exchanging comments and ideas on their pictures, an interchange in cyberspace that developed to include discussion on literature, art, science, economics and history as well as photography - and finally, an idea for this collaborative undertaking.