art of the darkroom

From the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, to the ceiling of the DPL, in fresco-

The Tortoise was sad and discontented. He wanted to see the world. One day he met a pair of ducks and told them all his trouble. “We can help you see the world,” said the Ducks. “ Take hold of this stick with your teeth and we will carry you far up in the air where you can see the whole countryside. But keep quiet or you will be sorry.” He seized the stick with his teeth and the Ducks took hold of each end, and away they sailed up towards the clouds. Just then a Crow flew by. He was astonished at the strange sight and cried: “ This must surely be the King of Tortoises!” “Why certainly—” began the tortoise. But as he opened his mouth he lost his hold on the stick and down he fell to the ground, where he was dashed to pieces on a rock.

(Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune)

The Tortoise and the Ducks
Ceiling detail, fresco
The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17
Split toned
#8x10 gelatin silver contact print

Marco Lorenzetti


Kylux Art School AU - Hux had been the star pupil of Dean Snoke’s. Had been, being the operative word, since that wretched new student, Ren, has managed to take it away from him. What the Dean even sees in that petulant, overgrown child is beyond Hux. Everything about the younger man infuriates him: his overworked, over-sized charcoal drawings, the constant mess of his studio, that cocky grin and charcoal stains embedded into his hands, the way that dark hair hangs in his eyes when he concentrates… Yes. He hates him. That’s what it has to be - he hates him.

And maybe if he says it enough, he’ll believe it.

Here, books are waiting, everywhere. Some to be discovered, others repaired. And some forgotten but protected, guarded for now. But time wears on everything, including the materiality of objects. While some few books remain pristine after centuries, most, like everything else, turn to dust long before. At nearly 100 years old, this Spanish masterpiece is a survivor.

The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, 1918

Vincente Blasco Ibanez

The Detroit Public Library, Archive, 3/31/16

8x10 gelatin silver contact print

Marco Lorenzetti

The May Queen and other poems / Alfred Lord Tennyson ; designed, written out and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski.

8x10 gelatin silver contact print

The Detroit Public Library, 3/24/16

Marco Lorenzetti

Rubricated and illuminated.

Colophon: “This manuscript, selected poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson, The May Queen, The sea fairies, The beggar maid, Hero to Leander, and Dora was designed, written out, and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski for Messrs. R. Rivière & Son bookbinders & booksellers to H.M. King George V. London. This manuscript will not be duplicated. This manuscript was executed by me [signed] Alberto Sangorski London A.D. 1912.”