COMMENTS FROM VIEWERS (part one)

COMMENTS   SINCE   1996



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December 28, 1996 From: trquoise Beautiful.......a couple of them brought tears to my eyes....thank you. Trquoise..
Hi Carl, I enjoyed visiting your site. You're the third photographer whose web site I've found and enjoyed; the other two are Thorsten Mann (Germany) and Fabio Cabral (Brazil). Your work is very sensitive, especially the portraits of young girls. You mentioned that you allow your work to be distributed. I edit a quarterly book arts journal, called AMPERSAND, for a non-profit organization called The Pacific Center for the Book Arts. I would like to use your image of a girl reading, if it's okay with you. Payment in copies and fame only (Isn't it always!?) Best wishes, Alastair Johnston
From Barbara (My eldest sister) Let's see where do I start....what I wrote years ago; you must remember that I was still very young and I might have been referring to something other than using your artistic talents. I have always appreciated art in almost every form. I think that you have known all along how much I admired your gifted talent as an artist and more and more I am very proud to have you as my brother. I often think of you as being one of the world's best artist....like VanGogh....in the sense that he was a great artist but also very loney at times.....maybe that is why he could paint and have better concentration during his most creative and productive years. Love, Barbara
from cindy (babycakes^) Hello Well, i finally got a chance to visit your sight -- have been having trouble running the net --mickey mouse computer, no space. The photo's are wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed them. You have terrific sight -- soul in these pic's. Will be back to visit again. Take care -- keep well. Cindy
Hi Carl, Wanted to take a few moments to tell you that I enjoyed your web site, very much. Especially the garlic section. hahahah. And I am very aware of what garlic will do for you. It is an herb, that can help to prevent many sicknesses. Including cleaning of the arteries, and lowing the blood pressure. Not that you can convince the average person of this, not even the meds. But they are slowly seeing what garlic can and will do. Carl, I have been eating garlic since I was a baby. But that could have a lot to do, with the fact that I am Italian. I think garlic was put into my formula, as an infant...hahaha.... But I truely love fresh garlic, even grow it myself. Therefor I have no nose turn up, on your reciepe. Mmm Mmmm GOOD. Carl, since you are into photograpy, the next time you see me on line, be sure to ask me for my picture. I think you may enjoy seeing the effect that I have put into that picture. Arriverderci Sylvia {Classy53F} @--->>>----
(Oregon , U.S.A. ) Hi.. It's me, your niece Cynthia Oyen. I just looked at your Website and I am really impressed. You have a lot of great work. I especially like the picture of my mom and Lita. She has a copy that I have seen since I was really young, but I did not realize you were the one who photographed it. Have a Merry Christmas.... Cynthia
( Maine, U.S.A.) Greetings! This is "kimbah" from #happyzone. Finally got connected to your server tonight and got to view approximately 85% of your pictures. I will finish tomorrow night, too sleepy now. They are all quite wonderful. I love the different emotions that they bring on as if they are alive. I messaged you tonight but perhaps we were too lagged. Do come visit us again in #happyzone and thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us. peace, love, and happiness always, Colleen
From: Eben Klopper (South Africa) Hi Carl I went through all the stuff that you sent me. Excellent photography ! Sometimes I think that you need a special situation to create the perfect photo but looking at your stuff makes me realise that any or most situations can be a potential good photograph. I like to mention a few pictures which I personally liked more and they are, in no specific order; ceramics, cat2, cattails, pointof1/2, Dandeli, Darlene1, foxtail, Haggapar, Norengla, Swan95. And then there is a very interesting one called Saabscan. I hope I've spelled all of it correctly. I also received your new mail but I have been unable to connect to your server for some reason. I'll let you know when I've done so. Thanks once again for all the pictures Eben
Dear Carl Thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit with the images on your homepage. I have been seriously involved with photography for the past 4 years. In studying the art of much of the accepted avant-garde here in the US I am struck by the lack of emotion conveyed by the work. I have tried to maintain an open mind, and have begun to question my own ability to respond to what the artist felt at the time the photograph was made. In viewing your work, however, I find the images deeply moving and charged with emotion. I can't describe the experience in words, so let me simply say that I like to view your work often because it makes me feel good! Thank you for making it available on the web. I think you should add a warning to the introduction on your page, that viewers should not attempt to visit your work without an ample supply of tissues! I hope that someday our paths will cross. Until then I wish you every happiness. Sincerely, John B. Hopkins
Carl, I'm happy that HN wrote about your website and I hope that this makes more people appreciate your art. Pages like yours are what makes the "net" worth surfing. I don't have HN though but Håkan does so I'll tell him about it. Kristofer
Hi Carl, I got your pictures. Thanks for sending them. I was able to get into your URL as well. You have a very good eye for your subjects. I was impressed with your style. I'll be checking your file often to see if you have updated it. I wouldn't want to miss any new material you wish to share. Thank you once again for your thoughtfulness. I hope to see you on the net another time. "h10" Lynette
Carl, I really like your web page. It is so large that it will take me some time to properly look through it all...and I do want to look at it all. See ya later on iguide. Patty
I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you I love your work. I too was born and raised in Curundu. On 7th street. My nickname was Cito-- Talbott. Like you, I studied photography in California, Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. I even worked for awhile for the Panama Canal as an Official Photographer. I majored in Photojournalism and Film and opted to put my art to work with the networks, CBS, ABC, NBC. I got tired of traveling and living out of a suitcase and worked for the Government. I directed and produce dozens of training films for the U.S. Army and USAF. Yes it was a waste of talent. Luckily I got into computers and managed to land a job first with Microsoft as a tech support engineer on Windows 95 and then as a tri-lingual engineer on the Dow project working in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. I miss my work in video and photography. I am still using the Hasselblads and the old Linhoff on weekends. I live in Colorado Springs. So the tropics are a long way away. No Curundu Theater here! My Mom passed away two years ago so I did go back to take care of all the details. I hardly recognized Curundu. Trailers and a clubhouse/bowling alley that would have given old man Bates the creeps. The old basketball court was there but run down. Albrook Airfield was overgrown and not much there. Panama on the other hand had boomed. It was a maze of high rises and new construction. Well I have to run. I have a call from Brazil holding. Good Luck! Arnie "El Gordo" Talbott
June 29, 1997 From: Echoconcep Thanks for the stroll through such lovely photos. There were so many I loved, but the one that evoked the smells, tastes, sounds from childhood was #69 - Robin. I felt the calluses grow on the small hands of a fourth grader. Mother wanted to protect & keep soft the hands of the child she believed would become a violin virtuoso. The thrill of swinging into 'infinity' won out over any promise of a career in music. Wind in the hair, skirts flying high, earth left below, the best, the very best! You're so creative & talented. Thanks for sharing your art. Thankyou, Mary
September 1997 Hi...I'm a 17 yr. old high school student. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed browsing through your website. Those pictures on there bought great admiration from me(I wish I could take and develop such pictures). I would love to be a photographer someday like yourself..I know that money is something you don't necessarily think about when u love what u do...but I just wanted to know (for my parents' sake, who think that art is rubbish and a waste of time) how much do u make out of photography? Another question is, where do u sell your photographs in order to make a living? Hopefully, I will hear your response...and thank you for reading this. It would help me greatly..thanks Terveet
December 15, 1997 From: "Joakim Hoffsten" I must say that I was impressed by the feeling You catch, in each and every one of your pictures...Just by using black and white make one feel the picture, not only see it..... It's always nice to see pictures of an artist who knows how to use the camera and the darkroom to express themselves...... Joakim
December 8, 1997 From: Grape99 (Michelle 15 yr. Santa Cruz) Looked at your website and I think you are a really good photographer. All of your pictures make you think. I really like the B&W. I don't think that color pictures give you that feeling. Black and whites are more emotional. Well, I will write you more later. Grape99
January 15, 1998 From: GLITTA2960 Your photographs are magnificent. I am also a photographer, I'm just getting started. I am doing an independant study where I go to school and it has truly broadened my mind. Thank you for making your photos available to all of us who care. Kristen
January 23, 1998 From: Irisveil Quick note on your webpage......just started browsing through it......and my first impressions are ...... amazing .....you've captured humanity at it's purest form....I especially like Darlene and Teresa......gonna go back to more. Peace, Iris
February 4, 1998 Gingerbery Wonderful photos and poetry.........you seem to be a very sensitive and expressive man......which is a rarity in this day and age........this is Gingerbery writting to you under my other screen name.......the one I use with a profile ....so the people who I speak to can see the real me.......remember Doris Juanita Yelva? aka Bonnie.......a fair lass.......born in Va....father from Stockholm.......yearning to visit her homeland....and possibly connect with you when she is there........would love to chat on an occasion to get to know this mysterious man...... looking forward to connecting at one point........Enjoy Gingerbery
February 9, 1998 From: Sunnffunn What a rare treat. I came online to piles of junk mail and your invitation to visit your site. It was a great delight. Hard to take in such a prolific artist in one visit. Here are my comments thus far. Photographs: very direct, intense, emotion ever present =definitely an art form. Paintings here I found a bit more whimsy but definitely serious art. Ceramics: I am not a potter. I adore pots. These are wonderful. I am no collector nor can I help you in that way nor is my art what yours is. This is a link to a few pieces but I have abundantly more. I wish I could share especially those that show greater emotion. Sunnffunn
GenXBlah February 28, 1998 GenXBlah: It's loading even as I type! :)
ToothOwl: great....enjoy... (hopefully) GenXBlah: Hey! I love photography! I only had a semester of b&w in highschool...but I'd still like to set up my own darkroom someday! Yep ...reading it right now...the way you talk about catching a memory that you can return to...that's the way I feel about writing. :) ToothOwl: nice...... GenXBlah: Great story...just finished it...and so far, I love the pics! Especially the cat! :) I have two of my own! "Slight Sweet Shyness" is adorable!!!!! ToothOwl: I almost,..almost didn't put it in.... GenXBlah: I love it!!!!!! It's just sooooo sweet...soooo innocent...just beautiful...but I'm a sucker for a cute kid! The oils on masonite are really cool, too! Yeah, I already looked at your ceramics...I really liked the bleeding heart? Is that what it was called? And the hand shaped stuff...not that the electric potters wheel stuff was bad..I just liked the other stuff better, and, btw...LOVE "Retired Elder listening to..." whatever the rest of the title is.. ToothOwl: I'm so glad that you made the effort to see my work... GenXBlah: Hey, listen...I've really, really enjoyed talking to you and visiting your site..I've saved it to my favorite places for perusal at a later date. But I have to scram...it's 1am here and I still have a midterm to study for! Look me up sometime if you wish! :) ToothOwl: hopefully it will have been a nice coincidence for you to stumble across me. ;^) GenXBlah: VERY nice! Thank you for letting me see your work! Continued luck in your future!
March 5, 1998 From: "Kaj Josefsson" Hej Carl Tack för tipset och adressen till din hemsida, mycket imponerande, vackra bilder, fin design. Din teori var helt nya tankegångar för mig. Ha det bra Kaj
March 15, 1998 From: PrStarLite I found your site thru a friend who credited her find to serendipity. The photos on the first page were so attractive that I bookmarked the page for a later and savoring return. I am in West Los Angeles close to Santa Monica College. Thank you for sharing your visions. In case you would like to see who is writing this there is a link below. Thank you again. Catheann
TheSeaMaid: I have seen your photos and they are lovely ..........you are quite an artist Jeanne
March 16, 1998 From: Wihy89 Hi Carl, I'm enjoying all your works of art! My favorite so far is the one of your sisters. You do interesting subjects! Awesome! Did you do your own site? I'm only learning and want to get my original art work on it. Photgraphed and scanned, but still learning about websites....only 2mos new to all of this online stuff! Thanks for sharing your website. It is appreciated! Visitor named April
March 19, 1998 From: LoveTree9 Hi Carl I finally had a chance to read your bio. Very interesting! I have sent a number of my friends to your online gallery and they all told me they love your work! You have inspired me in my own art, and also with your gallery idea. I have thought about doing an online gallery before, but now I am considering it more seriously. I think it is so important for artists to be "seen" without it costing them a fortune! I hope you are well. Keep in touch! Annie
March 25, 1998 From: Kimizzi Dear Carl Toothman, I found your photography just beautiful. That was one of the descriptions that came to mind. You Sir, are truly an artist. Your Art is just what this Country needs to see. Such talent and love is expressed through your lens that most people would only dream. Your passions for life leap from every photo. Thank-you for including me into your dream. I am a lover of Angels, I would love to see some art of the heavens with angels. You can do it I know. Please keep your art with such meaning. It is truly a blessing. The Tallest Angel Kimizzi
March 25, 1998 Fromart Jac Hi Carl Spoke to you the other night on Diadem and said I would check out the site. Not bad, see you're pretty good at both the techno stuff and the arty stuff. Regards Stuart
March 25, 1998 From: Sniffls Hi, I'm Sniffls. We were talking before. Well your art is really beautiful. They are really artistic. I love them. Talk to you later. Sniffls
March 26, 1998 From: Misty12128 Dear Carl, Thanks for your note. I did look at your web site today and many of your photos. I bookmarked the site so I could return to see the rest. Your work is incredible. I especially enjoyed the faces of the people -- such emotion you have captured. Your ceramic work is beautiful also. The delicate lines reminded me of serenity. Thanks for sharing your work with me. I shall return to the site again. Jacque
April 4, 1998 From: JBorens123 Great pictures Tooth. Enjoyed them. Thanks. Keep up the good work. JBorens123
April 5, 1998 Charlisma: I'm in there now ToothOwl:!!!! WONDERFUL PICTURES. I added it to my favorite places...it will take a long time to look at all your photos. They are WONDERFUL IDonnaI: charli......send me the link....it will be faster...i think Charlisma: Okay, I will DSTAR: pictures??????????hmmmmmmmm naked ones? Charlisma: No, DSTR.... they are not naked LOL ToothOwl: Ok...wait.. sent Donna Charlisma: He's a photographer. ToothOwl: Charlisma...thank you. Charlisma: You're welcome.... you are a great photographer. You capture things so well ToothOwl: Glad you like them... Charlisma: oh yes ToothOwl: Share them with your loved ones ...they'll love you for it. :) Charlisma: Thanks Tooth.... I will
April 8, 1998 In an AOL chat room AIphaZ: Tooth....OHHH MY GOD..THAT IS EXCELLENT!! THANK YOU.....OHHH MAN...that is awesome... I loved them... Thank you....can hardly wait ...would love to have some of those in my office ...whew...I loved the Sondra one......whew!!! I am speechless at your work!! I like Bogataf ....very much......whhhoooaaaa.......just looking at pics...and thinking.....all of them..some just touched my soul in a different way. Tooth ...You most certainly have...Ohhh my! You have made my bad night...the best!...that was the truth ....Ooooohhh yes, very much...and I will most definitely remember you...Tooth...I just read some of the bio...I love the way you use words......do you write as well?...you should. It is an excellent work....most excellent...it certainly was a pleasure meeting you, and seeing your work...will never forget it...thank you.. Goodbye my friend...have a great night.. ToothOwl: Will do...bye
April 9, 1998 From: AIphaZ OOohhh my dear man, You have no idea how much finding you last night has touched my soul and my heart! I have read and re-read your bio, your website, the pictures you have sent me...I am in awe of your god given talent! I thank you so much for seeking out what most matter to you in life...because you have given me the strength that I needed to also go forward! Now I realize through the heart of your pictures and what you do with them, that I too have my own dreams..and can accomplish them. THANK YOU AGAIN... I do hope to talk with you soon....have a good night... Kimberly.....(AIphaZ)
SpiritNSea April 9, 1998 SpiritNSea: can you send me a pix Tooth? ToothOwl: Sure Spirit SpiritNSea: Thanks Tooth. Tooth..you do beautiful work ToothOwl: Thank you Spirit.. SpiritNSea: My brother is a photographer ToothOwl: Show him my pics..... SpiritNSea: I will!
MistySoul April 9, 1998 MistySoul: ToothOwl... I love your screen name... ToothOwl: Thanks Misty.. nice of you to touch me with kind words..
Burger6483 April 9, 1998 ToothOwl: Burger....could I interest you in my homepage? Burger6483: Sure ToothOwl: Great photo art...I tell you no lie...pictures where I've captured souls ..ok...sent ... Burger6483: ToothOwl- verrrrry nice ToothOwl-are your photo's published? ToothOwl: No....my wallet is too thin .....you need money to get published..I was approached once in NY....never heard from the publisher..I think now that I have my pictures for free in a homepage...it is going to be hard to sell a book. Burger6483: Why? ToothOwl: Who wants to pay,..when you can get it for free. Burger6483: Didn't think of that. ToothOwl: But a book would be so wonderful... Burger6483: Follow your dreams ToothOwl: Ok.... I'll keep the dream alive and hope for the best. Burger6483: Absolutely
LadyValue April 9, 1998 ToothOwl: LadyV...would you like to see a beautiful Mexican/American little girl with lovely eyes? ...it loads quickly... LadyValue: ToothOwl, I just finished - Darlene is BEAUTIFUL!! great pic w/doll, too! Nice toes on that child :) ToothOwl: Yes...expressive toes...try to see the others.....when you have the time... I paint and make ceramics too....if you are interested in those mediums.. LadyValue: ToothOwl's photos are stunning! ToothOwl: Thank you...Lady {{{{{blushing}}}}}}} You are going to be in for a wonderful surprise when you feel the rest of them. There will be atmosphere.. LadyValue: What my office needs is atmosphere :) ToothOwl: Use them...print them out...put them up on your walls..glad to help create a loving atmosphere..
Dejester98 April 9, 1998 ToothOwl: May I ast least send you a sample... Dejest...may I send you a sample. pic... I have a beautiful shot of Death Valley.. Calif. DeJester98: Sure....Tooth...am a photographer of sorts also. ToothOwl: Good.... DeJester98: Nice shot Tooth. ToothOwl: Thank you Dej. I took it back in 63...just before I did a show for the Tower Gallery of City Hall, Los Angeles.. DeJester98: B&W is my fav. format. Yea Tooth...u have a great eye
Casie68 April 9, 1998 Casie68: ToothOwl,............very nice. ToothOwl: Thank you! Did you see the sandune shot? Casie68: Yes it is beautiful !!!!!!! Thanks ToothOwl........they are wonderful !! ToothOwl: Thanks....do try to get in later... I have about 90..of them. I've been exhibiting...since 1962...started in the Bay Area of Los Angeles..Casie...did you see Darlene and The Dolls? Casie68: Yes i really like that one. ToothOwl: Would it stress you if I sent you two more?... Casie68: Great thanks !! I will check out your page when I can enjoy more. ToothOwl: Ok...
April 20, 1998 From: Liza XYZ Just wanted to get back to you about your pics. They are wonderful! You have a very touching eye when it comes to your subjects. Where did you get your schooling? Thank you so much for sharing them. Lisa
Wed Apr 22 1998 From: "Kenneth Bruce Denham" Talented, tasteful, hopeful and inspiring! Refreshing to know of a tender heart able to capture your goal in print. Bravo! Kenneth
April 24, 1998 From: LinMacD LinMacD: I am in upstate NY, of Swedish descent, and president of the local arts council. Would you like to chat? ToothOwl: First you have to do something... read my bio.... LinMacD: You also write very well. I've read your profile. If I try to get to the web, AOL will kick me off. Modem too slow. ToothOwl: Well let me try sending you a sample... LinMacD: OK ToothOwl: One min... LinMacD: I have cousins living in Hallsberg in Narke. ToothOwl: Sending a few more samples... LinMacD: Thank you. Your photos give me the shivers. They are marvelous. I live near Rochester, NY. I sometimes see a hint of your power in a few of the photos we exhibit in the arts council gallery. ToothOwl: Thank you for appreciating my work as you do......I'm flabbergasted.. LinMacD: You are very, very good. I would like to copy your photos and bio and show them at the council. Just as soon as I get some coated paper. ToothOwl: Please do !!!! I do hope you'll get into my hompage....I do ceramics...paint a little and draw...you'll see samples of all, in my homepage...but photography is my forte´. LinMacD: I just told one of my IM friends about you and I'll tell more. ToothOwl: Yes...I received a request from RNelson... LinMacD: He told me you would send him some. Don't you know how good you are? ToothOwl: I did send....I hope he has been able to see them... LinMacD: I got them fine. ToothOwl: Can you check with him?. LinMacD: I'm trying. ToothOwl: Did you get my recent one of a black American? He was my class mate in Photography when I studied at Santa Monica City College in California.. LinMacD: OK. The photos are wonderful and I'll spread the word. heydo Linda
April 29, 1998 From: "George Gemmell" Dear Sir, I am a photography student from British Colunbia Canada. I have an assignment to do. I have to seek an artist which I enjoy and ask questions of them. I found your work very amusing. Thank you, Homer
May 1, 1998 From: Elizbth37 beautiful picture.
May 6, 1998 From: Maxmaz Just wanted to thank you for the photos they were very impressive, is not often you run into someone online with such a wonderful gift.
May 6, 1998 From: IGypsy J There is so much emotion in these. You must really love your work and people! They are truly beautiful!!! Truly mean it. They are so beautiful! Very lovely. Jackie
May 11, 1998 From: ELL901 Thank you for seding me the samples of your work .....i liked them a lot :-) keep up the good work, ELL
May 22, 1998 From: Woman42day Tooth, I don't know what to say, and that my dear, is an accomplishment. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing these with me. Lori
May 24, 1998 From: KIMBALL Hello Carl I have been admiring all of your wonderful photo's. They are outstanding. I wish I had just a little of that kind of talent. Donna Kimball
May 27, 1998 From: MCDALE1 Carl, I am writing to you from the States. I was on-line at 11pm EST and wondered if anyone was on-line in Sweden at that time, and you were the only person. What is the time difference between Florida and Sweden??? So, from there I found your web page. I especially liked Pacific Palisades and Death Valley. To me they both had an Ansel Adams quality about them. I hope you find that to be a compliment. I also liked your pictures of Darlene and Teresa. What beautiful little girls. The age of innocence seems to be disappearing earlier and earlier these days. Their eyes reflect how a child should look. Thanks for sharing your art !!! I enjoyed !!! Dale
June 6, 1998 From: SeaScape35 I was so impressed with you photos. You have such feeling in your work. I love you and I don't even know you! I am completely enamoured with your web page.. I was soooo touched by your children's pictures... "Slight Sweet Shyness" so reminded me of myself as a girl...I am now a full grown woman however I know this shy girl has never left my soul... I did not even recognize that she was still in my thoughts until I saw your work... thank you for reminding me of something long forgotten... I feel as though you know me. Your work touches me sooo deeply .. that I felt compelled to write you again... I too am an artist and I can feel your soul in your work... I am very impressed Allie
June 8, 1998 Carl, Thank you for sharing such lovely works of art. Kind of a window to your soul. I have not been able to enjoy them all, but when I have more time I will go back and take a look. Thank you again Sincerely, Mike



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