This blog would be even worse without the photography. The imagery is meant to share some of the flavor of the rural northern New England lives we lead. I figure that you city folk could use some of that flavor for relief from your urban stresses. And this way you don’t have to endure the crushing boredom you would likely find attempting to live this lifestyle. I’d be taking the pictures anyway, as I have been since 1970, but I’m glad that the internet came along. In the old days you’d have to set up a screen, a slide projector, and provide lively narration to keep your guests from dying of boredom.
We came home from a first birthday party with my daughter, her best friend, and the best friend’s kids, aged 7 and 8, and started messing around with slide projectors, slides, and stuff. The 8 yr-old was very intrigued by the slide projector. He’s very mechanical and curious. The kids were psyched to see the slides despite my warning about how boring slideshows were. Before there were PowerPoints, there were slideshows. They lasted for a couple dozen slides before returning to their digital devices. Maybe they’d have been more interested if the slides were not a bunch of baby and kid pictures. We looked at about 5 trays of slides. Images we hadn’t seen for a long time. There was some yawning. No deaths from boredom.
Each tray holds 140 slides.
Obviously all the images posted here need to be digital to occupy this internet space, and almost of them were captured with digital cameras. But there have been a few images that were scanned from old black & white negatives. It’s still really hard (for me) to believe that a mere 16 years ago digital photography was so lousy that no serious photographers ever thought that it would make film go away. Chalk that up to the runaway expansion of technological progress. It’s all digital now. It’s old news, and I should have posted this two Junes ago. Kodak discontinued making Kodachrome film in June 2009. The last roll of Kodachrome was processed by Dwayne’s Photo, of Wichita, Kansas, a few weeks back. So if you find an old roll of Kodachrome in the drawer, you’re out of luck.
There’s a baby shower coming soon, and my wife undertook to review hundreds of our old Kodachromes, Ektachromes, and Fujichromes to find some nice shots of our kids when they were little. I’m scanning these slides now. It’s a little tedious.