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01-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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believe it or not

Hi folks. I took these pictures a few years back and ran into then as I am cleaning out an old folder. Thought this might be of interest to some and not so much to others. I took these at the Ripleys believe it or not museum.







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woohoo canada represent! although not in a good way here
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Interesting, to say the least. Also quite scary.
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Very interesting in deed.

One cannot help to wonder what these black ink are made of

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Why?
Was he intent on getting poor results?
Did he forget to add the Rodinal?
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Interesting !

I read that some people actually taking their ships to those polluted bays so the the water would kill off the nasty stuffs on the wooden hulls . Perhaps in NY at the turn of the 20th century ( ? ) .
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At the time I took them, I had very little appreciation to the whole development process and now I am ''wowed''...Kinda gives a whole new meaning to ''don't drink the water''..Of course this saying is in regards to mexico, but I picture canada with beautiful waters and such...So
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The fact that the artist was able to develop the print using polluted water instead of developing chemicals gives me pause. Thanks for sharing.

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it certainly gives the photo an interesting look. very interesting indeed.
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i am off to chernobyl, see you guys soon


sidenote: when i read the title, this is what popped into my head


believe it or not
george is not home
please leave a messege at the beep

i must be out, or i'd pick up the phone,
whe- re could i be?

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i'm not home!
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Thank goodness times have changed and as much as we tend to presume our current times to be the worst on the environment...it was lots worse 50 years ago.

My first trip to Lake Erie in the early '90's included the Canadian side of the lake--Pt. Pelee comes to mind... I expected a brown watered heavily polluted lake. To my surprise, the water was so clear you could see bottom in 20 feet of water. Yeah, invasive Russian zebra mussels filtering the lake is part of that clear water, but drastically lower amounts of human dumping into the lake also have helped immensely.

Maybe our species is starting to get a clue?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ron Boggs Quote
Thank goodness times have changed and as much as we tend to presume our current times to be the worst on the environment...it was lots worse 50 years ago.

My first trip to Lake Erie in the early '90's included the Canadian side of the lake--Pt. Pelee comes to mind... I expected a brown watered heavily polluted lake. To my surprise, the water was so clear you could see bottom in 20 feet of water. Yeah, invasive Russian zebra mussels filtering the lake is part of that clear water, but drastically lower amounts of human dumping into the lake also have helped immensely.

Maybe our species is starting to get a clue?
Not all members of our species are getting clues. Metropolitan rivers where I am are dirtier than ever, and every year, it seems, people living in mining provinces get some form of poisoning (lead, mercury, what-have-you) from polluted water.
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London, Ontario is my hometown and I remember this from ages ago but cannot remember the context -- maybe a gallery showed some of the photos? The Great Lakes used to be incredibly polluted, but have improved from when they were at the worst in the seventies.
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