The Mystery and Magic of Photo Processing

My goal is to show off the difference a little contrast and color-adjusting can do when trying to read...

Blake Quarterly (spring 2022)

Our spring issue (vol. 55, no. 4) came out this week.

Blake Quarterly (winter 2021-22)

The winter issue of the journal (vol. 55, no. 3) is now online.

A Blakean Jack-O'-Lantern

Can there be a more Blakean Halloween image than "The Ghost of a Flea"? How fantastic would that look...

Blake Quarterly (fall 2021)

Our autumn 2021 issue (vol. 55, no. 2) is out now; it will be open access for a week.
BAND, Digital Humanities, Uncategorized
The Mystery and Magic of Photo Processing
Blake Quarterly, Publications
Blake Quarterly (spring 2022)
Blake Quarterly, Publications
Blake Quarterly (winter 2021-22)
BAND, Holiday
A Blakean Jack-O'-Lantern
Blake Quarterly, Publications
Blake Quarterly (fall 2021)
BAND, Digital Humanities, Uncategorized

The Mystery and Magic of Photo Processing

I’m lucky enough to have some hidden skills in Adobe Photoshop, and they’ve become quite useful every now and again on the Blake Archive. Photos of manuscripts, though high resolution, still present visual challenges when it comes to identifying near-invisible features like erasures, corrections, and other odd quirks. And while we’re trained to be extremely observant and thorough when analyzing a manuscript, the magic of image-processing software can give us an advantage.

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Reflections

My name is Esther and I’m an undergraduate student working for the William Blake Archive. I joined in January of this year. At first, I was working on the transcription for bb35.1.1 and bb35.1.2 of The Everlasting Gospel. After it was decided that the transcription didn’t have a place on the website right now, I transferred over to helping maintain the site’s collection lists.

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A Blakean Jack-O’-Lantern

For a little seasonal fun, myself and a couple of friends took some time to carve pumpkins! Admittedly, it had been quite a while since I took up such a task. And “pumpkin” isn’t exactly my medium of choice. I was a studio art major in undergrad and as a painter by trade, I avoided sculpture classes like the plague. Despite all this, I am not one to back down from a crafting challenge, which ensured that I took on a far too ambitious project. Particularly considering that said pumpkin will (and is) deteriorating as I write.

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Blake Archive Video Tutorials: where have we come from and where are we going?

It has been about three years since the first video in what is now a series of video tutorials on the various features of the Blake Archive was uploaded to YouTube. It has been a little over a year since I completed the first of the handful that I would eventually write and record. Making these videos has been an interesting and valuable experience, and in the process I’ve learned a lot about microphones, screen recording, and perseverance. The original spreadsheet of video ideas from which we have been working is nearing completion and another video ideas brainstorming session is likely in order.

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