Grandma's Lost Images - Part
Usually I rescue
unprocessed film and of course that effort is
the most satisfying; but these images, and the
circumstances surrounding them make them
I received an email asking about processing some
Verichrome Pan and of course I replied that I
could do that. I was somewhat disappointed
when a package of negatives arrived until I was
told that the positives were lost.
The negatives are part of the inheritance of a
granddaughter from her grandmother and she'd
never seen the positives. Those positives are
lost. The photographs were taken in Minnesota
and the sender's email has a .edu extension.
I've been a photographer for decades. I've
looked at countless photographs and I think this
one is wonderful. I could tell you why I feel
that way but if you're here, you already know
This photo and many of the ones that follow were
done on negatives measuring about 2.75"x 4.50".
There is so much about this photograph that
makes it important and striking. The large
format is wonderful and perfect for the subject
matter. I can feel the wind blow across the land
and the generations.
I hope you have a big monitor.
We all have families and our families are
similar. Our loved ones are what we live for but
the experience is a fleeting one, three
generations at the very best. After that, we're
photographs in a family album. Images of people
that had some relation to us but we're unsure of
what that relationship was.
6 cm x 6 cm
Diane Arbus inspired me to get behind a camera
and these photographs could have been done by
her. They are stark in their realism. Beautiful
and non judgmental.
End of part one.