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  1. Namias Lens

    Date 30 Mar 2018
    In 1999 I bought a very special lens: the Namias Anachromatic Double Lens F5 40 cm focal length Ortho Aesculin, circa 1910. At the time, all I knew about it was that it was Italian, a rarity for brass barrel lenses, and the price was right, about $50. After mounting…

  2. Italian Workshop

    Date 08 Dec 2016
    One of our fondest memories from 2016 will surely be the Wet Plate and Salt Print Workshop that Luther taught this September in Italy. Our small group was hosted by the International Center for the Arts in Monte Castello di Vibio, an almost unbelievably quaint and charming hilltop-castle village in…

  3. Kelp Part 2: All Lit Up on the Insides

    Date 18 Aug 2016
    Luther and I recently got acquainted with our GoPro. We’ve had it since 2013, but only in the past couple of weeks have we started playing around with it. Above is our first “masterpiece,” shot by Luther along the coastline north of Santa Barbara. Luther likes to dive whenever he gets a…

  4. Centerpiece

    Date 11 Aug 2016
    Photo courtesy of Digital Fusion Last week UCLA’s brand new Luskin Conference Center had a soft opening and a reception to thank all of the people who helped bring this new centerpiece of the campus into being. Luther’s image seen above has the enviable position of being the centerpiece of the centerpiece: it occupies…

  5. Digital Dalliance

    Date 29 Jul 2016
    I imagine Luther sometimes comes off as being anti-digital. In reality, nearly every day he is taking iPhone shots. So far, none of these images have been presented as a finished Work of Art, but he’s definitely exercising his artistic muscle when he’s taking them. “Unlike shooting with film,” Luther told me, “digital…