As I explained in a previous post, my relatively recent purchase of a film scanner, the Plustek Opticfilm 7200, was mostly to tolerated the fact that I was going to be dealing with film photography up until the purchase of a D300s to replace my D40. However, during the holidays, the new toy quickly found another use: my grandmother has boxes filled to the brim with Kodakchrome slides shot anywhere from 20 to 40 years ago, and I decided to gift her
some lots of my time to scan the slides she wanted to keep, and give her a more durable digital copy.
The whole enterprise, while time-consuming, was loads of fun. My grandmother had already shown a couple of those slides to my family during Christmas a couple of years ago, but I think I missed the most of it because I had shifts during the Christmas period, back in the days where I worked at McDonalds. All in all, I found great pleasure in discovering relatives I knew very little to not at all, and rediscovering the ones close to me. Seeing your parents and grandparents at a young age is something that's always pretty impressive, I'm sure anybody who has old family albums would agree. The photographies, apart from being beautiful in a totally innocent and accidental way, gave me a tiny taste of what it was like back in the late 60's / early 70's. Here are the best of the 101 mounted slides that I have scanned. Click on the pictures for a link to their respective Flickr pages, where they are available in their original sizes.
While I have no confirmation yet, my other grandmother has been aware of my ability to scan Kodachrome for a while now, so I just might be scanning and posting some more vernacular photography. Next time, it'll probably be more slides too... this granny has been storing her slides on ready-to-project trays, and she says she has several boxes of 100 slide trays. If you're into those kinds of pictures, grab a feed and stay tuned, there is more to come.