A radish from 1973

After my Dads passing I volunteered to become the family archivist, as I could see all of their photo archive being scattered amongst family. So I have setup my scanner (Epson V8000) with my old MacMini and Silverlight scan software and have started scanning family photos…

But the image above is not one of them. It’s a frame grab from some of the 8mm film that my Dad shot. And he shot lots!! I had my friend Ian Powell of ReversalCine lab scan all of it, frame by frame in high rez. And with all the rolls cut together its like 90 minutes of nostalgia!

It’s fascinating to see how Dads skills developed. The first roll has some focus & exposure issues but it seems once he saw it developed, he improved hugely. He also began documenting each of us kids as we arrived. So there are shots of each of us, soon after we were born, and then christening… and then being little kids growing up on a farm… then riding our bikes off for each of our first day at school.

The film covers the decade from 1961 through to about 1971, and includes such family classics as ‘our house driving down the road’ – my parents sold the old house & had it moved, so they could build a new house in the same location.

The funny thing is that we used to watch these films via the projector and I thought I’d seen them all. But watching them now there are so many shots I have no memory of. My Mum was very camera shy (which is maybe where I get it from) but there are lots of great shots of her, which I am having some frames printed as it will be interesting to see if she responds to them. (Alzheimers means the oldest memories are the last to go)

But the radish shot made me laugh. Here I am, at age 8 years old, proudly showing my Dad my little patch of the big family garden which sustained us. So proud of my radishes lol.

Also to say, if I have one regret it is that I did not get the film scanned years ago. If I had, I could have watched it with my Dad and I could have recorded his memories about every shot. It is too late for me, but perhaps it’s not for you. If you have a family archive, start preserving it now and capture those memories!



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