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HomeContents > Why Luminous-Lint?

The name of this website '' is a homage to a series of connected ideas and this website is all about connections so lets break it down:
luminous Years ago a friend recommended the site of Michael Reichmann. This site, which has now been running for over ten years, is a resource on the techical side of photography by somebody who understands it. The word also has its origins in lumen the Latin word for light and has a number of related meanings that make it appropriate to photography.
lintThis is the small pieces of fluff that can ruin our photographs but I don't mean it in that sense. On I came across a quotation by the photojournalist Dirck Halstead who runs the site:
"I have a theory that every time the shutter captures a frame, that image is recorded at a very low threshold in the brain of the photographer... as ‘photographic lint‘. When the photographs of Monica Lewinsky, in her beret on the lawn of the White House emerged, I ‘knew‘ I had seen that face with the President. I had no idea when, or where ... I hired a researcher, and she started to go through the piles of slides in the light room. After four days, and more than 5,000 slides, she found ‘one‘ image, from a fund-raising event in 1996. Gotcha!"
The idea of 'photographic lint' has stuck with me - as it was meant to - the phrase is so appropriate for a person who has taken tens of thousands of photographs and still remembers where each was taken and I fall into that category.
These terms are used by people shooting different photographic themes - landscape and nature for Michael and photojournalism for Dirck. This site is about linking ideas together creating image synapses that encourage us to look at the history, literature, personalities, and techniques of photography in novel ways. So luminous-lint sums it up - connections between people and ideas to help improve our knowledge.
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