Sort of a Middle-Aged Goth Experience………..
Instagram censored and blurred out the second image with the pick axe. Tooo Disturbing?
My Father’s camera was the J33, a smaller version of the J66. We traditionally had at least an annual Ester Parade Photo taken on our front steps……This one from 1962…Me 2 years old, brother Kevin on the left and Wesley on the right. Seems like only Kevin was cheery that day.
Below, my favorite photo of 2 year old me…..with my stuffed animals.
Front yard, back yard and on vacation in 1965…………Shown also was our first dog, Tessie.
My mom in 1959 soon after she found out I was on the way………a Pre-baby photo, with Mister the Cat.
My Brother Wesley holding baby Me. Needs some restoration.
From the Riverside Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
This post IS for Good Friday. But there is also a Story to be told. This was my second visit to the Riverside Cemetery in Denver. Dragging around my Mamiya 645 in its rolling case. The Riverside Cemetery is a place to go for History Addicts, as it is the oldest Denver Cemetery. It needs some love, but is now being managed by The Friends of Historic Riverside Cemetery.
But things aren’t as they seem, when I scanned the film from my second visit I reversed the negative. And on my first visit I had taken the Long View. The original perspective and correct orientation is below. What do You Think?
Notice the lovely Oil Refinery in the background, which is why on my second visit, I moved in closer to “crop in the camera”, and show the face of Mary. I also had better light on the second go around.
As part of my Arizona Project, I am testing some films. Some completely new, like Silberra PAN 160 and PAN 100; and films new to me like Ilford FP4.
Silberra is a new Russian film that has been in development for 10+ years. I backed it in Indiegogo. Today I’m posting results from my journey around the Phoenix area: Below, Four Peaks……..
I’ve discussed on my Photo Diary, some problems that I’ve experienced with Silberra Film (and similarly with Ferrania P30). My main problem was controlling the contrast and exposure. All of the images here have been adjusted significantly in PhotoShop. I am largely a T-MAX 400 + Ilford user (especially SFX-200).
So I am posing the question here (also on Twitter as a survey): How many types of film is it possible to be an expert user? I like supporting new films, but I’m really into getting my best results that can also be printed in the darkroom without a tremendous effort in manipulation.
Print your comments here and I will include them in a future article:
Over the past 4 years of the 100th Anniversary of World War I (The War to end all Wars, except that it didn’t). I had hoped for some thoughtful reflection on the Root Cause of Conflict. I am aware that some of this occurred Across Europe. But nothing here in the USA.
WWI History is barely touched upon here. I know much more than the average America due to an excellent AP European History class I took in High School. It was taught by one of my most memorable teachers, Mr. Knab, from the perspective of the root cause of conflict and how it directly led to WWII.
An opportunity lost……..
So I am Honoring My Father’s WWII Service in a Segregated Army, in Italy. 1st Lt Vernon Johnson. An Army He later helped to Integrate under orders from President Truman. He worked in the Army Reserve, ‘helping’ white soldiers get used to taking orders from African America Officers. At the out break of The Korean War, he was like other WWII veterans, exempted from further service because he had a wife and child. At least back them they did not want to make more Widows and Orphans.
Notably my Father was also a Buffalo Soldier…..And he loved the Bob Marley song. He felt Appreciated and Respected.
My Father always talked about the Children he met in Italy………
And Training at Ft Huachuca, Arizona…….
We’ll end with a Photograph of my Mother. The one that my Father carried with him through the War. I found it in his old foot locker along with many of the images above:
Mom is still with us at a Feisty 95……
Another entry for Thursday Doors……….Denver Main Library (Service Door).
I tried a crop (below) but I like this version better……..Which do You prefer?
I like shooting doors through doors and windows, etc. And I think I’m going to post this on Thursday Doors Too.