While visiting my mother in Houston, she handed me the family photo album which is much need of some attention. Most of the key pictures have been removed and put in proper frames but many great memories are bouncing around in there. I brought it back to the UK with me in order to clean it up a bit.
Above is a picture I am trying to rescue. This is a picture of my mother as a little girl. She remembers a family friend, who always had a camera with him, seeing off her family on a train. He told her to climb into the train and go to the window so he could take her picture. A few weeks later he gave her a print which is little bigger than the original negative.
I used my OMD camera to take a macro shot of the image. I put it through Photoshop to remove some of the signs of age. And here is the result. One image of probably 50 that need some attention.
When I say I like all aspects of photography I really do mean it. Photography books, documentaries, museum exhibits, cameras, lenses, printers, darkrooms and the actual act of taking pictures is joyful for me. Sitting for hours working on these photos is something I am looking forward to a great deal.
To recover such an amazing image of my mother, so young and happy, is icing on top of the cake. The joy I get from looking at these images, the memories I will slowly create while working on them will be enjoyed for years to come.
Below is an image I worked on last year of my father (second from left) and his friends gathered on a balcony in Buenos Aires. They are celebrating the graduation of a friend (the one with a cigarette in his mouth) drinking an Argentine tea known as 'mate" and cutting a cake. Not sure who the photographer was, but I will always be grateful of such an amazing picture.