Peter Marshall - Meridian

Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 11:16:23 -0400

I recently visited Greenwich and fortunately took pictures of the Sun Dial marker of the prime meridian; otherwise, I would have no pictures of it.  Why aren't pictures available of the sun dial marking the prime meridian?

Submitted by: Barbara Kite (

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 10:57:59 -0400

i live in the tower block you show in walthamstow

Submitted by: Amy (

Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 18:52:59 -0500

Hello Peter,

Would you take a look at ? You will no doubt see from that
pages what I am trying to achieve.

I need good pictures of the north circular road
and its localities and I would like to use your work if I can. does not produce any income and has no f
unding so I can't afford to pay.

I hope you will see that I am trying to achieve a particular style that will
be enhanced by using pictures that hare not widely distributed. I am particulaly
interested in B&W pictures of the area.

How would you feel about letting me use some pictures.


Derek Tidman

From: derek Tidman --- <>

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 16:14:53 -0500

Very informative - thanks!

I remember, as a kid growing up in Walthamstow, there was a brass marker in the pavement in Wood Street showing where the meridian passed by. It was on the north side about a hundred yards from Whipps X. I think is just about outside the Scout Hut for the 14th Walthamstow HQ.

Submitted by: Cliff Green b.1951 (

Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 08:50:31 -0400

you say that there is no mark showing the meridean from the thames to pole hill in chingford, wrong, there is a paving stone with the meridian on in wood st in walthamstow. walking on the right hand paveemt from whipps x roundaboutit is just where the road doglegs

Submitted by: matt russell (

Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 09:14:28 -0400

hi peter,

i've been exploring the london docklands (especially woolwich & greenwich) recently and found yr site while looking for relevant information.

since i live in walthamstow i paid a visit to pole hill, chingford to look at the obelisk (which i was unaware of) - i assume this marker actually represents true north rather than map north. looking at an ordnance survey map of london it would seem that the line from greenwich actually runs slightly east of pole hill - where interestingly we found a radio/tv (or somesuch) mast near the police training centre in sewardstone.

anyhoo, yr page was very interesting and coincidentally covered some of the areas i have been exploring recently.

thankyu, Z.

Submitted by: zali krishna (

Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 10:20:07 -0500

When I tried to email you a week or so back, it wouldn't work ,hence my test message just now. You are wrong to say there are no signs of the meridian line between Greenwich and Pole Hill. Throughout Waltham forest there are plaques in the pavement at various points, eg close to the war memorial in Chingford (which you have photographed) and on the railway bridge on Forest rd Walthamstow, near Homebase. About 8 in all I think, of which I came across most when organising a walk from Pole Hill to Greenwich, keeping within a few 100 yd. of the line. My route would now have to be altered because of the new M11 extension! I could look out more details of plaques if you wish

Submitted by: Tom Cowhig (

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:12:57 -0500

Enjoyed your site very much. As you say, the Prime Meridian is arbitrarily located, but all reckoning of longitude has depended upon it for many years, therefore it is significant. Keep up the good work.

From: Melvin D. Hoskins []

Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 08:33:36 -0500

Congrets! Very good job..

I will visit again.. Thank you for opening the world right at the ZERO for us.. :-)


Submitted by: (Thida D.)

Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 19:04:52 -0500

Nice pictures, though some orientation info would be nice, as would a picture of the plaque by the Thames.

But do you know they're lying? The current definition of the real meridian (used as basis for GMT, UTC, etc) is about 102.5 meters east of the observatory. See


Submitted by: (Neal McBurnett) 

Thanks so much for this interesting tour of the Zero Meridian.

Ray and Corrine Christian

Des Moines, Iowa


Submitted by: (Ray and CorrineChristian)

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 14:26:24 -0500

Exellent site.

I have crossed the meridian twice daily for years and never noticed. The dome has already made a difference there, in london people are already talking about it.

I intend to visit Pole hill soon. Thanks....

Submitted by: (Phil Reeves) 

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 11:39:07 -0500

i was looking for an actual geographic map showing the location of the prime meridian. instead, i found your pleasant site. thank you for your time. jack, usa

Submitted by: (JAck Shapaka)

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 22:07:29 -0500

I love Greenwich!! Just by looking at your beautiful pictures and doing research, I want to move there. Can you please send me information about the living conditions and the cultural diversity? It would be greatly appreciated.

Submitted by: (Wylona Tabb)

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 11:45:13 -0400

Interesting, I am now resolved to get a fster modum so I can enjoy sites like yours

Submitted by: (Robert L. Brown)

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 13:01:03 -0400

Is there any chance of getting a picture of the master clock. My 5th grade students and I are learning all about it and are curious to know what the actual cloxk looks like. Anything you could send us would be very helpful. Thanks

Submitted by: (Betsy Trawick )

Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 21:28:25 -0400

Please tell me more - I am researching about the prime meridian for school.

Submitted by: (DCookie2)

Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 13:48:01 -0400

Most of my life has been influenced by aviation through my father's work and later as a pilot myself. Since aviation relies on Zulu/UTC time the Greenwich Meridian has always fascinated me. I truly enjoyed discovering your site and appreciate the effort you have made to share what are probably common everyday scenes to you. Hope someday to see them in person. Your website has piqued my interests. Thanks.

Submitted by: (Phyllis Tate)

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 14:04:17 -0400

Nice piece of work. Where can I access a map of the meridi- an through England? Many thanks and all good wishes. kay

Submitted by: katbuxton (kay)

Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 14:51:29 -0400

Mr. Marshall: Website with graphics and text very well done. Will be in London the end of June and will plan to make a special effort to take a boat down to Greenwich. Good Job. J.R. Macklin/Macon GA/USA

Submitted by: (james r. macklin)

Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 15:25:52 -0400

I was delighted to find your page on photos of the Meridian. I work in the Illustrations Department of National Geographic Magazine, and we're currently working on a story on the history of mapmaking. One idea we are trying to illustrate is the Prime Meridian itself. Our photographer, Bob Sacha, will be in Greenwich in six weeks or so working on this article, and we're trying to think of ways to portrat the Meridian in a photograph. The Observatory itself is a little protective of allowing outside photographers to shoot on their grounds, so we were thinking of shooting something outside the grounds of the Observatory, but perhaps with it in the distance. Do you know of any homes nearby that may be split by the Meridian? Have you any other ideas about how this might be illustrated? I'd appreciate any input you may have on this subject.


Alex Hawes

Illustrations Department

National Geographic Magazine

ph: 202-775-6158

fax: 202-775-6155


Submitted by: (Alex Hawes) 

Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 21:10:52 -0400

Aloha, did you know that the 2nd crop circle of your season is a 360 ft across ring, with the symbol of Aries in it, with a small circle on the bigger ring, and that it is only 10" from the Aries Greenwich line? Are they finally talking to us in a language we can understand? It's on Littlebury Green, no of London. Aloha!

Submitted by: (Susan Aiu ) Weeellll, yes. Fixing Shadows

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 17:24:17 -0400

These are great photos.

Submitted by: (Shannon Kruse)

Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 16:39:29 -0400

Thanks for sharing your photos.

Submitted by: (brigitte iwaszkiewicz)

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 13:08:03 -0400

Breath taking photography and interesting presntation.. I have always been interested in time and clocks. I know what GMT is but what is ZULU Time used by the US Navy and other services?

Submitted by: (Paul Clement) 

Date: Sat, 5 Apr 1997 17:19:00 -0500

Nice work -- it gives me an overview of the atmosphere along the invisible Meridian. Another way to show the universality of this important measuring point.

Submitted by: (Jan Faul)

Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 08:50:34 -0500

As a boater on the Lee and Stort Rivers and a keenish photorapher I am naturally interested in your articles on the net. I noted in your personal details that you have written about the Lee Valley, could you let me know were I can get a copy? I like your approach to photographing items on the prime meridian particularly using the Widelux, have you considered adding a simple map so your pictures can be related to a map. I moor my boat in Stanstead Abbotts which coincidently lies on zero longitude! I look forward to you next article.

Submitted by: (Mike Cottrell) 

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 09:39:18 -0500

I am fascinated by the pictures..they show me to very different environment to what i am living in...i would like to travel in Europe one day, if u can write to me so that i can have a better understanding of Europe. i'll be very glad!!

Submitted by: (Peter) 

Date: Sat, 1 Feb 1997 06:04:43 -0500

Hi Peter

I'm a freelance journalist researching the Meridian phenomenon with a view to writing about it. Your photographs could well enhance an article.

Thanks, Noel

Submitted by: (Noel Glynn) 

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 22:50:29 -0500

I like these photographs very much. They make me want to rent a rotating lens camera. I particularly liked the picture "East India Dock station, Docklands Light Railway". By the way, the link from the thumbnail gives "mer02.htm" where it should be "mer02.html" resulting in a not found message when it is clicked.

Submitted by: (Ray Lemar)

Date: Sat, 18 Jan 1997 09:52:56 -0500

great site... enjoy seeing the REAL world

Submitted by: (sande) 

Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 09:05:09 -0500

Like some of your meridian pics. Can you get in touch - we have an idea that may interest you. regards T.

Submitted by: (Terry Walker) 

Date: Sun, 29 Dec 1996 23:48:39 -0500

Marvelous site. The clarity and three dimentional quality of the pictures is magnificent. What a wonderful trip half-way around the world. Thank you. Barbara Kaller P.O. Box 13082 Tucson, Arizona 85732 USA

Submitted by: (Barbara Kaller) 

Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 18:27:11 -0500

It's marvellous

Submitted by: (Sylvie Grenier) 

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996 19:48:59 -0500

My girlfriend and I visited Greenwich a few years ago. We to felt that there was something special about the place.

I particularly enjoyed the green that surrounds the observatory. I remember sitting on a bench looking up the hill towards the meridian. I couldn't see the line, but being in such close proximity to it as well as all the compases and clocks in the observatory gave me a feeling of time and space that I'd never experienced before.

Submitted by: (Peter Eddy) 

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 1996 22:23:00 -0500

Closely related to the prime meridian and navigation is the fascinating story of the invention and development of the Chronometer by an english cabinet maker. I believe it was Parliment that established a significant prize (20,000 pounds?) for an accurate I have forgotten the cabinet makers name, but he spent many years developing several models of his chronometer with eventual success but with great difficulty in collecting the "prize" from parliment. I believe it was Captain Cook that carried one of thes success in navigational determination of the longitude. I believe it took many years more and other demonstrations for him to convince the parliment commitee to eventually give him the prize. I believe this single invention allowed the English maritime and navy to "rule" the seas and the subsequent fact that "The sun never sets on the British Empire". Certainly as significant as slavery or rum! I may be remembering some of the details incorrectly, but it would be an interesting adjunct to the prime meridian story and provide some interesting photo opportunities. It was always fascinating to me that it was a cabinet maker and not a clock or watch Regards, DJK, 11-27-96 03:28 GMT

Submitted by: (D. J. Key) 

Date: Sun, 10 Nov 1996 18:37:34 -0500

Enjoyed your pictorial. Planning to visit London area soon, and wanted more insight to local color.

Submitted by: (W R Hendrickson) 

Date: Thu, 7 Nov 1996 18:11:34 -0500

thanks, this is very interesting. I really enjoyed the pictures. I also liked the way way it was presented.

Submitted by: (mike schell) 

Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1996 12:50:48 -0400

It was fascinating to find your photos of the Meridien as I was born sixty years ago a few hundred yards south of the Obelisk at Pole Hill and as a child we used to make "Adventures" around this marker.

many thanks for bring back childhood memories.

Ted Newman

Submitted by: (Ted Newman) 

Date: Thu, 1 Aug 1996 02:24:14 -0400

I visit the Greenwich Maritime Museum from time to time when in England. Was that enormous sphere atop the building used to signal Noon to ships at anchor long ago? Your photgraphs are superb. Thanks

Submitted by: (Roy Prince) 

Date: Fri, 14 Jun 1996 17:49

I'm not sure all the subjects deserved the panoramic approach. We often get caught up in the equipment and lose sight of the best possible treatment of the subject. I don't think it's necessary to scrupulously avoid tilting the camera. In fact a horizon to horizon verticle pan can be effective if used descriminately. The widelux won't do a 22 or so--another "true" cirkut type camera is called for. Try the Hulcher or Globascop if you can get hold of one. Regards--Phi

Submitted by: (Phil Foss 

Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 23:02:54 -0400

Thanks I am not much for saying a lot of words. It was interesting to see a place in more candid way. I live in Panama City, Florida. Looks cold there.

Submitted by: (Byron "Tom" Himebaugh)

Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 14:07:12 -0400

Hi! Exciting to call from Nova Scotia, Canada and find my old home town on the net. Have been in Canada 26 years now. Attended Chingford High School when it was Chongford County High School, back in the fifties. My brother used to own a house on Pole Hill Road in Chingford.

Submitted by: (Betty Chazalon)

Date: Fri, 3 May 1996 19:19:45

Your pictures are beautiful and inspiring! You have taken the more "unattractive" sites that every-day people see all of the time (and hardly even notice) and shed a new light upon them. That is a great and uncommon talent. I, as a poet and a creative writter, strive to do the same. I was truly moved by the complexity of the lines, curves and emotion within the pictures. I hope you continue to look at the world with your own unique perception, and never stop doing that which you truly love, regardless of how difficult it can be at times. I look forward to viewing more of soul-work on this sight. I wish you the best of luck in the present and the future!

Submitted by: don't have one (Alison C. Richards) 

Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 11:07:08

Peter, My God, you know how to use color!

These are beautiful images , shows what you can see when you start to look at the world very very closely.

I am going to be joining you on Fixing Shadows. David is showing me the page and also introducing me to scanning.

David Plowden 

Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 11:13:28

I enjoyed the photographs very much, especially having recently returned from a visit to Greenwich and the Docklands. I like the premise of following the imaginary line, as well as the choice of subject matter along the way. Thanks.

Submitted by: (Scott Feld) 

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 09:35:51

I loved these photographs. Please let me have your address and phone number. I often have assignments in Europe, and would like to get to know your work better.

Submitted by: (Peter Howe) 

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 19:12:38

it's quite touching... and it's something that i've tried to do but feel have failed. i'd much rather have the other pair of eyes.

Submitted by: (liz) 

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 02:07:02

Dear sir,

My i Know the history why Greenwich it been choosen as starting point for earth coordinate system why i ask you this, cause now i try to under stand about the satellite system. and as i know that satellite is using the earth coordinate for their reference.

Hopefully You can give me some information about that.


Sharain System Engineer

Submitted by: (sharain) 

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 12:19:28 -0400

I was pointed to this site by Peter (posting a message on photoforum)

Nice panorama. I think that the white gate is very essential to convey the wide angle of view. Have trouble myself in finding these 'known' subjects, that someone can relate to in finding the angle of view. Shots from out of a 90 degree angle are very convincive, but not always possible.

Submitted by: (Willem-Jan Markerink) 

Bill Mattick

Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 22:15:10 -0500

Hi Bill,

This is Molly O'Bryon-Welpott, Jack's niece.
I tried to write to you once before on here and it did not go through.
Your work is very interesting to look at, I feel especially priveleged however; having seen some of it in person.
If you ever make it to the east coast, my email address is
Take Care

Submitted by: Molly O'Bryon-Welpott (

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 00:59:52 -0400

B, even though i've seen many of these photos, i never took the opportunity to see/read your comments (probably because i knew it would take forever to download any of this on my ancient computer), but i'm so glad i did make the effort to (at least) continue to impress and amaze me with your insights re: "the underlying truth" of see...what there is..., and your ability to then capture it in your photography......i will always honor and support that and give you the space to do it..thanks for sharing it with me...with much affection, B

Submitted by: barbara s. (

Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 09:19:00 -0500

Bill - I just looked at your marvelous photos from Muroc. I really appreciate
your efforts. I linked over from the Amo Productions web page. As a 30 year
plus competetor at all LSR events I invite you to attend more of our events
in the future. Thanks again - Dan

From: dan warner --- <>


Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 12:45:34 -0500

     Your pictures of Muroc bring back memories of the little hot rod magazines of
the 50's, such as Car Craft. Probably some of the faces and the cars are the same,
with the cars better preserved.

From: Dick Burgess --- <>

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999

It was wonderful to see the work

From: timo --- <f8speed>

Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 12:11:33 -0400

I love the new images. that was such a great idea, did you happen to see bob shell there (the editor of shutterbug) he has a thing for tasteless pictures of "models". i e-mailed you several months ago, i'm a student of bob barry's. well i followed your advice and got my ass out on the street and started shooting. thanks for the inspiration your work is really amazing

From: daniel mcclenaghan []

Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 06:37:39 -0400

Hi Bill: I do like your new "Model shoot" series, another series of great works. Hope to see your new work soon.

From: yuwen []

Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 11:59:23 -0500

Caundo ví su página, me dio mas ganas de seguir trabajando en fotogafia, se que será una muy buena guia esta página...yo soy Colombiana (Bogotá) y estudio Publicidad, mi nombre es CAROLINA...Saludos y mas EXITOS !!!!

From: Carolina []

Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 14:06:03 -0500

Great site. Great pictures. I like the perspective you catch.

I've done similar work about ten years ago while still in high school with my Dad'a Canon A1. Now that things are more settled I'm trying to get back into it. One of these days I'll post my old work on a web site.

If you don't mind me asking, what are your basic tools for you work? From a shadow in your MUROC Playa series it looks like you're using a point & shoot of some type. From you indoors shots, it appears that you avoid flash whenever possible. What cameras and film do you use? How much of your own darkroom work do you do?

Thanks for your time. :D

From: Conrad Weiser []

Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 12:53:38 -0500

I would like to have a camera in my eyes. There are so much interrest expression and things happening, that I don't agree to lose these moments. I'd like you to give me some help with getting out to photograf without being percepted.You know, if show up, the magic is gone.

PS: Sorry for some mistake, my english is a little weak

From: Maurício []

Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 19:19:28 -0500

hey bill

came across you site via black and white world - like your stuff alot... thought i'd pass along my site address:

take it easy, sean

From: sean waisglass []

Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 21:27:24 -0500

hi Bill: I like your photos,especially those shot in Murock, they are extraordinary interested ones. Had you considered published those pictures? Or you already did? Do you use a Leica M + super wide lense using Tri-X? I like the look of them.

From: yuwen Huang [] 

Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 15:45:43 -0500

Hei (That's Hello in Norwegian)

Great pages! I'm just getting into street photography, and seeking advise and experience from others I came across your pages on the Internett. I will be returning to your pages regularly.

:-) from Arild Reppen, Norway

From: Arild Reppen [] 

Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 00:13:58 -0500

What kind of camera did you use for "veterans day"? Was is a Rangefinder? If so what make. Or was it a 35 MM. what do you suggest for street work? Your stuff is remarkable.

From: Joseph []

Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 16:16:26 -0500

Hey Bill,

GREAT work! As a former student of Winogrand, I think you've nailed it!

Your site has been chosen to appear in the Feb. 99 Top Ten List on Black & White World (

Keep up the great work!

Submitted by: Mason Resnick (

Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 20:06:59 -0500

Bill, your street work is very good right up there with Winogrand and Frank. Also comments on the street echo my own. after years of shooting you hit the pulse with your thoughts about chasing the images. I would like to know how heavy you shoot and if you suffer burnout at all? Also do you print sparingly or are you generous to see what looks good larger? I agree about curators and galleys, the web seems better as some people have trouble with understanding street photography. Have you found any outlets for street work as street photographers sometimes are either shy, secretive or play artist without much work to show. I would like to hear your thoughts on what I've said as communication among street photographers is hard to come by and you are the real thing! thanks for your patience. hope to hear from you soon.

thank you John McCullough

Submitted by: John McCullough (MMPPJ@AOL.COM)

Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 19:22:03 -0500

Hi Bill,

I like your work. I've commented on it before via e-mail. If saw your work in a monograph at a book store, I'd buy it! I'm a street shooter in Seattle. I like Winogrand, Frank, Friedlander, (sorrry, I don't spell) and many regional artists. I'm shooting in the rain, wind....ect. shooting in wet shoes gets old after awhile. I have a street photo site: I'm still working out the bugs and I will improve the content and arrange it somehow. I'd like to be on your mailing list, if you have one for updates to your site.

Thanks and Regards, Milton Garrison

Submitted by: Milton Garrison (

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 16:30:05 -0400

hi, i just wanted to say that your pictures are very inspiring to me. I'm a photo student at palomar college, my teacher bob barry showed me your website after i expressed an interest in the work of lee friedlander and garry winogrand. It seems to me that street photography has fallen out of popularity . i was wondering if you had any comments on this.

Submitted by: daniel mcclenaghan (

Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 21:12:00 -0400

good to see your photos on the net-looks like u have ur oun site! congrats.

From: john []

Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 19:28:45 -0400

hi...I like your work. How can I get some originals? I'm a poor photo student, so you should send some stuff, or trade.

I enjoyed your photos, have a nice day.

Submitted by: Jeremy Weiss (

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 02:07:57 -0500

Bill, Throughly enjoyed your photos. Especialy the ones of the paya at Muroc. Had spoken to J. David Sapir at a symposium on Walker Evans at the U.of Buffalo. He ask what (type) for lack of a better word, of photo I took and I mentioned car/racing, mostly color stuff. He recommended that I take a look at your work. So glad that I did! Think I'll start to carry both cameras with me from now on, one with color and the other with black and white. I have a home page at If you get a chance to take a look at it any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated. All the best DVR

Submitted by: (David V. Rodgers)

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 02:56:14 -0500 (EST)

I've been recording my adventures on black & white for a few months now. I understand the camera and am refining my "eye"(with some help from your father), but I still am having a hard time shooting people. While there is nothing nessicarily wrong with the images (focus,composition,etc.), they don't seem to capture the energy of the person. Any advice for your nephew?

Submitted by: (David C. Beaver) [hr align=left widith=120]

Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 12:39:21 -0500 (EST)

Dear Bill,

We are making a new underground magazine called EXPOSURE. Briefly, it deals with the new issues of photography.

Our first issue will be out next year. I was so impressed w/ your work online, that I would like to ask you if you would like have your work pubished in a printed magazine.

Please reply,

Richard Plumeri

Photographer, Editor

Submitted by: (Rick Plumeri)

Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 19:50:51 -0400

When your brother talks of your photographs I think he means to say "refer" rather than "defer." Try to reduce the size of your photographs to the size of the viewer. Some of the California photos are really nice (especially the ones with- out the camera shadow in them. Good Luck.

Submitted by: (John Trobaugh) 

Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 02:42:25 -0400

i find it fascinating that i have found another mattick who is also a photographer ... my name is chrysteen mattick and i live in vancouver, b.c. you share my grandfather's name and i wonder if we are related...e-mail me at:

Submitted by: (c. mattick)

Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 13:57:01 -0500

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us on the net.

Submitted by: (Rolf W, Marthinsen) 

Date: Sat, 23 Nov 1996 14:44:18 -0500

Bill: a thrill to learn you're online (I'm new here), to see your work (major problem: 14.4 modem running at 9600... gotta get *THIS* straightened out, or go broke), and wanting *VERY* much to see the photos on paper and in quality. I wonder if the limits of reproduction frustrate you in this medium as much as I suspect they do. I'll talk to you directly, soon. Congratulations in the meantime!

Submitted by: (Tom Finnegan) 

Date: Mon, 4 Nov 1996 15:01:43 -0500

Enjoyed your B&W stuff from the convention. Very human...

Submitted by: (Don Noll) 

Date: Sun, 12 Jan 1997 14:59:49 -0500

I love your work! Your GOP convention series is a masterful visual story!

Would you consider a trip to SE Alaska to capture the story of a small community grappling with industrial changes. If a trip to SE Alaska interests you, and you would like the long version of the story to be told, please contact me. Once again, I love your story telling ability!

Submitted by: (Carolyn Stallings) 

Date: Sat, 7 Sep 1996 21:54:01 -0400

Judy's first question was, "What does '8-5 stiff' mean?" we're amazed at the clarity of the photographic images! It was like being back at your show. The only thing missing is your smiling face, my friend. I enjoyed your letter; is this a new part of your emerging communication? Love and blessings to you, Billie.

Submitted by: (steve/judy alex va) 

Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 04:21:27

Just looking to see how many Matticks there are out there in the world. There seem to be quite a few in the USA and only couple here in the UK.

Submitted by: (Nathan Mattick)

Date: Sun, 28 Apr 1996 22:12:40

Hi Bill,

I like your work. Of particular interst to me is your use of shadow. I've noticed that your own shadow plays a role in several photographs. I like to see this.

So much photography is concerned with being serious art (I'm not saying that your's isn't). You seem to break the rules easily and with passion, creating your own unique voice.. This feels a lot like my own experiences with punk rock: Just do it and see what comes out. It's good to see this in a visual art form.

I would be intersted in knowing what your equipment of choice is. I know it's not the camera that counts. I am a beginning photographar and I'm looking at cameras.

Thanks to Fixing Shadows


Milton Garrison

Submitted by: (Milton Garrison) 

Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 18:01:10

I haven't had a chance to look at all of them a second. But there is a story behind all of them.

Submitted by: (Andrew Farrar) 

Date Feb 1996 22:49:40

Bill- just a note to let you know I enjoyed your photos and your comments, especially about street photography and Robert Frank. Did you see his retro show "Moving Out"? I am a big Robert Frank fan. The show was just recently at the Whitney Museum in NYC. If you saw it, what did you think of it and his work after "The Americans"?

Keep up the great work! Cindy R. Schifano, New Jersey

Submitted by: (Cindy R. Schifano) 

Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 14:34:02

Thanks,there are some great photos!

Submitted by: (Puccinelli Luca) 

Date: Sun, 14 Jan 1996 00:16:32

Hi Bill,

Very cool web page. I found it by checking out Bobbie Bush's through find.arts. Great pictures (a little slow to get, don't know if your big pictures or my 14.4 modem and AOL's cheesy browser - it crashed in the middle of your page, and had to come back) and I loved your statements (here and on the Fine Art Board). I posted the query about Robert Frank that you responded to. Never got around to getting back to you, but the web is a great thing, I just stumbled upon your work, so know I am. I'm rea

Submitted by: (James Malsich) 

Date: Wed, 22 Nov 1995 00:01

Bill, Thank you for pointing me towards your web site. I enjoyed looking at and traveling through your space here. I can see that you have a very strong vision, which communicates honestly through your photographs. I also like how you designed your web page. When our gallery gets up to full speed I hope you'll consider posting mutual links to one anothers sites. You are much more experience with the internet, so I would apreciate any comments, tips or critisms you have on our site also. Please keep in touch and continue to do good work. Thanks again. Ken

Submitted by: (Ken Jarecke) 

Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 12:07:00 -0400

I really enjoyed these photos. This photographer's style has a strange liking to my own. I prefer the super-wide angles and the close proximity of foreground subjects. I firmly believe there in a line a photographer can cross that will allow him to place a subject in the immediate foreground, without distracting the observer from the primary subjects in the picture. In observing the photographs I noticed several shadows. This is an interesting trademark, as most photographers attempt to eliminate shadows, this photographer has plugged himself into the image. This person reminds me that every image I produce has my signature. Thanx for the enlightenment.

Submitted by: (Fergy) 

Ray Nelson

Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 11:02:16 -0400

cool _ I'm a high school chemistry teacher just browsing around.  These images are so cool.  I really have to try this.  Any advice on creating the crystals?

From: r hendric <>

Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 17:50:09 -0400

Your images are exquisite!  Any posibility of using use lead image on this home page in a Power Point presentation I am doing at Caltech on 5/6 on the subject of "Art and Science - Adventures in Creativity?"  I would naturally list your credit however desired.

Many thanks,

Charles Kohlhase

From: charles kohlhase <>

Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 10:28:01 -0500

Dear Ray Nelson

I write from Germany, Berlin. I'm the ringmaster of an international webring for polarized light photomicrography. We want show the fascination and diversity (artisitic, scientific, professional and private works from all over the world). Are you interest to become a member? You can find further details at

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Best regards
Martin Mooz
Ringmaster Lightscapes Webrinh

From: Martin Mooz <>

Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 14:04:35 -0500

Hello, I'm a design student and as I was researching images for a color theory project, I fortunately came across your webpage.  Thanks for sparking my interest and allowing me to view your beautiful work!

From: Jennifer <>

Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 13:27:45 -0500

How did you get the idea to specifically melt vit-C with hydroquinone? Why those two chemical?

From: R.LabontT <>

Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 10:57:30 -0500

Hi Ray,

can you name me a site with photographs of insects under the microscope?

Thomas (

From: Thomas Lutz <>

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 08:53:21 -0400

Hello, thanks again for letting me use your picture.  It is a hit with my drawing class --and my instructor.  Betsy

From: Betsy Pugh <>

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 09:11:58 -0400

Sir, do you have a picture of testosterone by itself that I could use for a companion piece to the estrogen (when I finish it)?  Thanks Betsy

From: Betsy Pugh <>

Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 12:31:38 -0400

Sir,  may I use the estrogen slide for an art project?

From: Betsy Pugh <>

Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 12:06:02 -0400

Hello Ray,
I have enjoyed looking at the samples of your work.  I work in Education in Idaho and am particular interested in career development for youth as well as adults.  I am interested in your professional training e.g. degree/s and how it is that you became a microphotographer.

From: Dena Pengilly <>

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 12:20:51 -0400

These images are absolutely amazing.  I now have a newfound appreciation for microphotography, a discipline which I knew nothing about before.  Thank you for sharing these pieces of "found" art, if that is an accurate description.

From: Michael Martin <>

Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 13:56:07 -0400

Hello ray
I really like your microphotogtraphs. Some of those compositiions are amazing. do you need special films and lighting or will regular film work.


Bob comeau

From: Robert Comeau --- <>

Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 09:09:45 -0400

Beautiful pictures. What is Ceriatum???

From: Joakim <>

Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 19:58:39 -0400

Hi Ray

I really enjoyed your display of micro structures. Agraphic artist told me about your site. I'm trying to shot some minerals from thin sections. But no luck yet. could you suggest a film and or interesting minerals.

Regards Bobby Comeau

From: Bobby Comeau []

Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 14:10:13 -0400

Thanx for putting up this website. You are impressively literate and technical. I'm just beginning a photomicrography project involving laser micromachining photos for my website.The photos on my website,, were commercially done. I cannot afford more so must do it myself.From: Rod Waters --- 

Date: Sun, 2 May 1999 12:57:04 -0400

These pictures are absolutely gorgeous !!

I am wondering if you have ever taken pictures of the various food dyes and if they are similar or different?

From: Shula Edelkind []

Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 11:55:42 -0400

Dear Ray,

We are working on the third edition of our college textbook,Economic Botany:Plants in Our World for McGraw-Hill publishers. We are hoping to find a photomicrograph of rice roots..Might this be something which you could provide? We are willing to pay permissions and ifyou are interested would be curious as to what subjects you have photographed. Thanks, Molly O

Submitted by: Dr. Molly Ogorzaly (mobobtex@flash,net) 

Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 11:36:00 -0500

Just ... superb ... I love them ... perhaps because they proove that nature is fondamentaly "psychedelic" .... Bravo !!!! A french man ...

From: ivan []

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 05:36:55 -0500

I would love to have a color live blood picture for my clinic! Please advise how you can help? I am thinking poster size which is suitable for framing with a caption explaining the picture

From: Andrew []

Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 23:39:38 -0500

Great stuff Ray ! I have just started to do photography with my Olympus scope and a Pentax box. While I have used the scope a long time, my FIRST role of film is NOW being developed ! We shall see. It's just a hobby now. My wife got me a triocular head for Xmas and I'm ready! I can tell you must have invented lots of filter configurations to get the results shown here. Your art approach frees you from the rigors of scientific method and analysis and lets you have fun. I'd welcome a chance to share ideas and techniques. Best Wishes.

Tom in Denver

From: Tom Balla [] 

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 16:06:05 -0500

wonderful photos ray!

From: steve []

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 08:21:35 -0500

Can you see Mineral deficiencies through the use of a darkfield microscope?

Submitted by: susie kearns []

Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 14:45:07 -0500

Ray, Just wondering if it is possible to make a living doing his type of photography. Do you sell these images as art, or maybe for scienific purposes? Perhaps it's just a hobby?

Ross, Toronto

Submitted by: Ross Pyle (

Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 23:15:06 -0500

Ray Nelson,

You are a great artist! I wish you the best of luck with your pictures, and may you live life to the fullest.

Submitted by: vanessa []

Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 06:54:00 -0500

i like your work ray, my name is simon and im interesed in seeing more. Would you mind sending me whereabouts or pics to my addy....thankyou

Submitted by: simon []

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 09:09:31 -0400

Hi Ray

I am astounded at some of the beautiful photos you have obtained. The flower ovary looks like the rose window of a cathedral I would like to ask your help in obtaining information for a project i am working on. It is a novel about a microbiolgist who discovers an organism that propels itself using antigravity. He finds it while doing rsearch for an oil company, in a lake near a magnetic anomaly. The question is what type of microscope would he use. Is there something which allows microscopic examination of organisms in their natral mobile states/ and what is it called? Much obliged for any answers you may have.

Herb Yavel

Submitted by: herb yavel []

Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 20:57:59 -0400

Hi, I am so impressed with the detail and completely unique effect you have created. I am a fledgling photographer and I find myself drawn to the macro lenses .. but this is so much better! Thank you for sharing your work and creativity on the internet. It has inspired me, truly!

From: Margaret Rogers []

Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 12:31:55 -0400

Are you the Ray Nelson who wrote "Timequest", and "Dogheaded Death"? If so, we are related. Not a totally random guess, though. Seems like the Ray Nelson who wrote those novels, would also be interested in Microphotography.

Submitted by: (Erik Nelson)

Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 09:51:05 -0400


I would like to know how do you feel about abstract art. In your opinion, are your photographs abstract?

Radu Stern

Submitted by: (Radu Stern)

Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 20:46:27 -0400

THose look really cool! I'm a freshman and I'm looking for pictures of the insides of apples, pears, avocados, ect. as a project in my biology class. THis isnn't exactly what I'm looking for, but I might add it as an extra just to show everyone what I stumbled on. Thank!:)

Submitted by: ? Don't know it (Megan Cates)

Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 22:41:47 -0500

:-) Wonderfully! I am bulgarian fotografer... Sorry! :-)

Submitted by: (Hristo Patsov)

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 19:23:38 -0500

Where did you get the lens adaptor for your Nikon? I have a Canon EOS A2 and need to shoot pics for my son's science fair project. Thanks. Nice work, BTW!

Submitted by: (Kevin Ivey)

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 20:35:27 -0400


These are beautiful potographs. I would like to take photographs of animal parasites etc. through an American Optical binocular microscope @ 400x, with a Century Graphic Camera that has a belows. Could you tell me how to set this up. As you might guess, I'm a real novice. Help would be greatly appreciated.

Submitted by: (Bob Gottschalk)

Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 20:19:10 -0400


Submitted by: (sergio c. santos)

Date: Wed, 4 Jun 1997 13:02:34 -0400

Thanks for putting these fantastic images on the Web for all to enjoy. A Lycos search i ran with the argument "microphotography" pulled up your site among many, and yours was the most rewarding of all. In a future update of my homepage I will place a link to your site. I'll give you my URL address in email when i have done so.


Submitted by: (soren andersen)

Date: Wed, 27 Nov 1996 04:02:49 -0500

Thanks for the great photos and the information. I'm just starting microphotography myself and I was looking for information

Submitted by: (Barry Wilson) 

Date: Mon, 4 Nov 1996 09:01:54 -0500

Nice work! Isa there a source for info on Rheinberg illumination?

Submitted by: (Geoff McAuliffe)

Date: Thu, 15 Aug 1996 11:58:31 -0400



Submitted by: (Arthur Martirosian) 

Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 17:30:25 -0400

Very lovely photomicrographs.

Submitted by: (David Newman) 

David Newman

Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 14:42:18 -0500

Unique, a bit gross, but unique. [a]Submitted by: Aubrey Freeman (

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 00:40:23 -0500

These are interesting images. As for myself I've found that the making of photographs is tied directly to earning income from my work. Question- is your income derived from your photography? Once met a man who travel about the United States making photos of what is natural landscapes. The photos were as good as you can imagine. I was moved and impressed with his work. The vehicle they LIVED IN was unsightly and very humble. I asked how he could just travel and live the way he did. He traveled from photo lab to photo lab with all the time he pleased. He never told me how he earned a living. I've always wondered about him. I last saw of him was in Palm Springs Ca. Hr was doing what he could to sell his photos at a street fair. The selling didn't look very good.

Submitted by: (Don Houser)

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 22:01:43 -0400

pretty cool


Submitted by: (eric) 

Date: Wed, 3 Jul 1996 20:36:30 -0400

Sorry, but the disturbing nature of the digits overrode the "essential characteristics of form, light and representation." Ie: no desire to view them twice.

Submitted by: (Ken Forman)

David Newman replies:

I'm always surprised that some find these images disturbing; I'm not so good a stone carver that the marble becomes flesh. 

Date: Fri, 3 May 1996 19:39:13

David- I was awe-struck by your photo "The Silence without the Labyrinth"! When I first saw it, it was like a cannon ball of emotion struck me in my heart. The other photo that provocked my emotion and deep thought was "Aporia"! Your art is unique and wonderful...I hope you continue to do that which you love. I wish you the best of luck in sucess of reaching other people's soul, the way in which you have moved mine. -an admiring poet.

Submitted by: don't have one (Alison C. Richards) 

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 12:47:09

I am a photography teacher in a high school. I also do my own photography. I am currently working in a sculptural format. I am making box forms and putting my images on and inside of the boxes. I have been working with the human form as depicted in Pagen and Christian imagery. I am working with showing the similarity and differences between these forms. I work with the 19th century process of casein printing. The boxes usually have overlays of litho negatives so that you look through the litho at an image beneath. The cuurent box formats are worked to look like Grre icons. I am making the boxes look aged and distrested (sp). I find your images in the ScultoGraphs to be very compelling and strong.

Submitted by: (Jack O. Summers) 

Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 00:24:36

fab - i love Daktuloieides do you remember me - i also do images in gardens

Submitted by: (Nancy Isett)