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the essays

occassionally, people volunteer additional information with the photo submissions. there are times when the words prove as compelling as the image and i thought i'd share some of them that have stood out. (essay is towards the bottom of the page)










christmas cheer


Christmas Cheer
submitted by Jerry Hazard (usa - nj)
everyman 2004 - from the attic

My ex girlfriend and I were cleaning out her great-grandparents farmhouse which has been lying dormant and unattended for years, when we came across the negatives. The whole house was like a museum of early 20th century 'everyman' life; old leather bound bibles (big ones too!), all kinds of small farming instruments, barometers, china sets and silverware, picture frames, and just boxes filled with bric-a-brac items - one the coolest things was box full of her great grandfathers Mason articles. A Mason 'dictionary' or handbook, a diary of his advancement, and even his fezz hat.

Anyhow, one box contained a lot of old photography items; a Spartacus Full View camera, unused rolls of 126 film (which I did snag and will attempt to use at some point), stacks of old photos of people we don't know, and a lot of negatives too. Most of the negatives were stuck together or stuck in sleeves and couldn't be removed without damage. The image I submitted was one of 4 or 5 that were all taken in the same room, and this was the least "explicit" one. As noted, it was on Agfa Safety Film (no ASA indicated), and I believe they were 126 size negs. Since there were no prints of the negative, I put them up to the window and shot them with my digital camera, and flipped them to positives in photoshop. They were very decent quality; if you've ever tried to 'scan' a transparency with a digital camera, you'll know that it is very hit and miss. I didn't perform any post processing on the image such as dust removal or the like.

My ex still has the negatives (but now lives in a different city), but I'm trying to get her to release them to me again so I can make some prints to frame in my apartment. In spite of the subject matter, I find them sort of charming ;)



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