20 Nov 2008

Knitting and LIFE

Time Magazine is working with Getty Images to release archive LIFE images as well as around 3000 new images for consumers to use in non-commercial purposes. A simple Google search reveals around a hundred or so images, as well as three to five related images for each main one. All of the images are free to use non-commercially and some, like the one above, are available as framed prints.

Mostly black and white these recently released archived photos are, as you’d expect from LIFE Magazine, simply stunning. I spent an hour quite happily today just browsing. Images include a pensive Eleanor Roosevelt aboard Air Force One, which confirmed what I’d always suspected of Mrs FDR – that she was a 7 sts per inch kind of a gal. I think you kind of have to be, if you’re in politics.

Of course there are also countless numbers of ordinary people, photographed singly and in groups, just doing what we love best. In the best of these images, if you look closely, you can see that … thing… that feeling. Oh, you know what I mean. It’s a sort of a knitting feeling, writ large on the faces of the knitters in the photos. My face looks like this when I knit. Yours does too. Go look. You’ll know it when you see it.

Thanks to Rebekkah for sharing.

Posted on November 20, in News