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I have just finished laying out my 2008 photo book and have uploaded it to Momento for printing.
I decided a while back to make a photo book for my best photos of each year. 2007 was the first year I did this. Up until then I had just made prints of the images I liked.
I also had a habit of printing out the best photos from overseas holidays and making an album. I have albums for two New Zealand trips and the visit to Malta and Sicily.
Shortly after the Malta and Sicily album I discovered Momento and worked out that having a Momento book printed was only marginally more expensive than buying a good quality album and printing the images myself.
I have been very happy with the quality and it is rather pleasing to have a nice little coffee table book of my images.
Now that the 2008 book is out of the way, I can start work on the Venice holiday book. Only 875 more photos to go through!
As I have mentioned before, my family, especially my mother’s side, always seemed to have had a camera on hand at family gatherings; birthdays, Christmas, picnics and the like. So I grew up thinking that having a camera and photographing family events was just what people did.
The first camera I remember is my father’s Kodak Brownie ‘C’.
A lot of the early photos of my immediate family were taken with this camera, it might even have taken the picture of my mother and father in the previous post.
I remember playing with the camera as a child (very carefully and under supervision, of course). I was fascinated by the dim images in the viewing screens. Because the camera took 6cmx9cm negatives on 620 film, it could take an image in either portrait or landscape format and had a viewing screen for each one (the two little portholes above the lens). It was virtually impossible to make out any detail unless the subject was bathed in bright sunlight.
This camera is the start of my photographic story. I took my first photo with this corroded old piece of family history. And it was the first camera to take a photograph of me.
Kodak made the Brownie ‘C’ from 1946 to 1957. In 1953 the design of the front plate changed slightly, making my father’s camera a pre-1953 model. In fact, judging from some of the photos, he certainly owned it in 1949, so it is an earlier model. It still has its original canvas carry case, although the strap has broken.
This post is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing and interesting series. It was prompted by a post over at Stuart Forsyth’s place. It featured an old family photograph of a woman on a rock. It’s a lovely image from a time long passed.
In the post Stuart talks about having a collection of family photographs going back generations. Through my long-term interest in photography, I have gathered a large collection of family photos too, mostly from my mother’s side of the family.
I am not sure why there are so few from my father’s family. Maybe they have gone to someone else, maybe they just didn’t take a lot of photos. For some reason, a lot of people in my mother’s family had cameras and took a lot of photos of family gatherings and holidays.
I have a large box of old photo envelopes containing camera shop/pharmacy type prints. Some still have their negatives in the envelopes too.
Unfortunately, some are fading, worse still, over the years they have been looked at so many times that some of them have been mixed up and are no longer with the other images they were originally with. Worst of all, there are no notes on the prints, so I don’t know where they were all taken, or even who some of the people are. But they are a fascinating insight into the generations that came before me and my early childhood.
The first image I am posting in this series is one that is very important to me personally, it is the beginning of my story.
This is my mum and dad on the day they became engaged in 1949.
Eight images from my Horsham series of photographs are now on display at the Breizoz Creperie at 139 Nelson Place, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.
I took these images in the wheat country around Horsham in northern Victoria in early 2008. They show the results of a number of dry seasons on the landscape.
The images were printed on my very own Epson Stylus Photo 2100 and framed by Altona Picture Framing.