I have to say I don’t get this #hash tag thing. Why am I supposed to use them#? I don’t #tweet and I have an #Instagram account but haven’t used it in at least a year. I hate reading #blogs and #entries when #every other #word is this#######. Okay, I am through with the little rant. Now for some photos.
I went to Salem, Oregon, to walk around the Willamette University campus and visit Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest shop. I wanted to travel light so brought my pinhole camera and a couple rolls of film. Some film is still in one of my cameras, but this is from one roll out of my Zero Image 6×9. Am I supposed to write #Zero Image 6×9? Ha
The most interesting part of my day was at the Salem Starbucks. A gentleman noticed my pinhole camera sitting on my table and he asked me about it. This went on to a discussion about film vs. digital which seems to be a constant debate with photographers. BTW, I use both and it depends on the situation and the ‘look’ I want. Anyway, the father of this gentleman was in the Navy during WWII. Turns out he was a photographer on his ship stationed in the Pacific. His son said most of the photos were about life on the ship. I asked him if the negatives had been scanned and catalogued. “No”, he said, “I threw them all away”. I said “Not the negatives”. “Yep”. I nearly fainted. He went on to tell me that he didn’t think anyone would find them interesting. Another bit of history has been thrown into the garbage. If people don’t want their negatives I wish they would donate them to their local historical society or find someone still using film who would like to see them, scan them and catalogue them. I can’t tell you how many times I hear stories like this. I am so happy that my Mom kept, labeled and catalogued all her negatives. I have them. I’m scanning them. I will never throw them away and I hope my family won’t when I am gone.
I did walk the Willamette University campus. I visited the library. I made some images. I thought about #film, #history and stupid #hash tags.
(all photos taken with #Kodak Ektar 100 and a #Zero Image 2000) no more has tags from me….I hope