Finding a Stash of Old Photos

I’ve written before about photography and how it’s changed.  It wasn’t always this way, a sort of obsession about recording ourselves, our food and our experiences.  Digital photography has changed how we see the world and how we see ourselves.  I had fun today because I found a small set of photographs from 1978, all taken with what was called an instant camera.  I couldn’t see the results until months after I returned home from my experience.  I picked up these and other photos, in slide format, from a drug store.  I didn’t know that I had purchased ‘slide film’.  Sigh…I know.  It’s different.

Outward Bound…an amazing and forever-memorable experience.  Here are a few photos.  I love that through the years and through the conversion of these to a few photographs, I have such fond and wondrous memories.

A three day solo…began with the construction of my shelter…a process I completed just as the sun went down.  I grabbed a quick photo of that moment…although I had no idea what the image would look like until some months later. No filters and no photo shop.

Outward Bound 1978 Saying Good Night to the SunIn the morning, I explored my neighbourhood after dusting off the spiders that were warming on the inside of my plastic lean-to.  A glorious home and a lovely rest after weeks of athletic training and climbing.  I had three lemon flavoured candies.  I decided to eat one each evening as a ritual.  Funny…but fasting is the very thing that busted the nerve of some of my peers.  It meant nothing to me to go without sustenance.  I wrote.  I warmed myself on the heat of that great boulder.

Outward Bound 1978 Solo Lean ToThe rock was beautiful beautiful granite…so different from climbing crumble.  This photo was taken just minutes before heading up my first chimney.  In looking back, I’m glad it captured the essence of the rock.

Outward Bound 1978 Before the Chimney 3Looking at the view…quite something.  Here, a view of Amphitheater Mountain in Washington State.  Quite a different sort of photograph than appears on-line today.

Outward Bound Amphiteater 1978 2Two of my lady-friends…I remember Sue is to the far right and Marianne in the middle.  We have reached a summit here.  Heck if I can remember the name of the mountain…we climbed 11 mountains to their summit in 31 days.

Outward Bound 1978 Summit I’ve shared this one before and I’ve written about it.  I’m glad that I located some others.  They make me smile, especially as I look down at this cast.

06-06-2011 5;15;38 PMIn my youth, I have very few photos…no selfies for this chick, but archives like this are enough.

Archives:Converting Slides to Digital

One of the very practical things that I’m doing right now is converting my 1990s slides to digital.  Not everyone is as concerned with archiving as I am.  In fact, I think that some people would think that I’m a bit on the obsessive end of the spectrum when it comes to behaviours.  I deny this, given that things are not entirely in order around here. 

I first became interested in archiving some years ago and it had to do with records related to the commercial art galleries.  In order to be considered for a juried exhibit, it was necessary to submit correctly-labeled slides.  It was a part of the professional portfolio, to keep some sort of accounting of the works accomplished and the works sold.  As I convert these slides, I am only too aware of the poor quality of the images, as compared to 2012’s digital potential.  I am going forward with gusto, however, given that these are simply the only records I have of the body of my life’s work.

Studying my family history and researching for documents that support and verify my family members as far back as ten generations is something of great interest to me.  This also leaves me determined to pass on to my children an inheritance of history and connection.  Needless to say, the art is part of that story.  So…I continue.