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Perfectly round authentic 1920s to 1930’s Cortland style frames from American Optical – The first eyeglass maker in the USA.
My 1920’s frame with my new Rx for my eyes have finally started to adjust after correcting the panotoscopic tilt. A trip to the museum today for a test run.


American Optical

“This interpretation of vision was conceived and executed by Jonathan M. Swanson, a sculptor of New York City.Mr. Swanson gave this explanation of his interpretation of vision as shown on this medallion. The head expresses gratitude for and enjoyment of seeing as the result of the application of the laws of optics, which laws are symbolized by the curves and converging straight lines, the curves represent every kind of lens, since all lenses consist of curved surfaces of some sort. The straight lines and spaces representing light distributed or controlled by refraction from the surface of a lens.”


more history : http://www.opticalheritagemuseum.org/


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The Lalla Essaydi photograph blew me away, which I have used here in a collage with a plaster copy Egyptian relief that the museum has had for years.
“Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b.1956) is a painter and photographer. Her work focuses on the Arab female identity in a 19th-century Orientalist style. She is well-known for hand-drawn Arabic calligraphy paintings done with henna on different types of surfaces, such as fabric, bodies, and even walls.”


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4 responses

  1. J Moser

    Glad you got your eyes back. That video piece is one of my favorites at VMFA. http://www.paikstudios.com/

    January 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

  2. Love that piece also and have photographed it before : http://otway.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/dscn5468-edit-b.jpg

    That Egyptian relief I have done a collage of also twice before : http://otway.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/plaster-relief-pano-edit-b.jpg

    January 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

  3. Love what you did with the Lalla Essaydi collage photo. It’s always a treat to check in on you Otway to see and read your work and some of it’s interesting historical overtones. Personally your photography transports me right through the portals of your soul as you document it’s remembrance.

    January 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm

  4. Thanks Sue, that’s cheerful!

    January 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm

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