|Gray treefrog, Nikkormat FT2, 2001|
|Tent caterpillars, Nikon FE, 2002|
So, the title of this post comes from me literally catching up with my past accumulation of 35mm slides. Boxes and boxes of them. laying them out on the light table and pitching the awful ones, the ones that have no real use, and keeping the good exposures, the ones that show a clear idea of subject, and of course, the ones that have photos of people and places. Things that change over time, are frozen in time when you photograph them. I am not the man now that I was in 1986 or 2001. Some of the slides featured shots of volunteers that worked with my wife, and the ones she photographed in 1991 are all dead now. Some of the slides are from the 1980s, when I was active in model rocketry. Most of those will get pitched except for the ones with people I knew, and the ones that were shot at places where we did launches for the public.So, yes, I am catching up to my past by going through these slides -- some of them I have not looked at in 10 years or more. When I am done, they will all be properly labeled as much as needed, and stored in archival slide pages in 3-ring binders or hanging files. Want to see what's there? Hold it up to the light.
|Prickly ash, 2002. Nikon FE.|
Imagine if these were all digital files... Nobody would see them. They would just be file names on a disk somewhere (if it still existed). The past could easily be erased, which is a sad thought.
|me, 1986 near Rantoul, IL.|
|Bob Rau, with his thrust stand setup run via a Tandy Color |
|Adrienne and Jorie, near Carlsbad, NM 2003.|