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1) Collection of old utensils I used to own

2) Shadows on a wall with a window, still a favorite subject of mine

3) “Three”  Taken at a farm in New Jersey where I liked to photograph cows

4) Street shot from a small town in upstate New York; see below

5) VW camper in front of a then obscure Chinese Buddhist temple in a small town (S. Cairo) in upstate New York.

 

I believe these are from the early 1970’s. They weren’t exactly archived – just saved in a box for many years, through dozens of moves. They were slides and recently I had them transferred into digital images; hence retrieved. Now they’re accessible.

I took them with point and shoot cameras – I have no idea what kind at this point. I do remember I used to prefer Agfa film to Kodak but I don’t know if these were taken with Agfa. I liked Agfa because it produced better color, I thought, for outdoor shots. But over time the colors have changed anyway.  The quality is poor compared to what I get with digital cameras, but some of them are still interesting.

The street shot was taken in Mechanicsville, New York, a small town on the Hudson River north of Albany. I don’t remember much of that road trip, likely it was taken in that sweet old VW camper.  I determined the photo location by googling Enziens drug store – the name is unusual enough to zero in on a pharmacy in upstate New York. It likely played a big role in peoples’ lives in that town, decades ago. There’s still a dentist with named Enzien there – I bet the drug store was owned by his grandfather. A google map search shows the old brick building still stands on the corner of Park Ave. and North Main St.

As for the mysterious woman waiting outside the store, and her strange dress, it seems that time has preserved her well, no?


38 comments

  1. Seeing your posts is like opening a box of chocolates; you may not know what you’re going to get but each bite is luscious. The mysterious woman is a dark chocolate with that that cream I can never identify but love so much 🙂

    • Oh, what a great comment to read – I am not one to stick with the same thing all the time – that has its’ advantages and disadvantages. The mysterious woman – she’s hard to place, isn’t she?

    • This is really a great and so sweet comment! 🙂 I feel like having another piece, may I? The lady in front of the store is really very well preserved. And the campervan is worth a fortune today.
      Have a great and cozy weekend, all of you!

  2. I love that drugstore shot with that woman standing in front. It really does capture the past well. I would love to convert my hundreds of photographs to digital images, but I don’t think they would be as interesting as yours. You’ve always had a great eye!

  3. Wow, I love the vintage shape of your photographs! But what I love even more is that, beyond the image is an entire world and that’s fascinating. Every picture is a story by itself …

  4. Well Lynne, with your re-found images you don’t have to go looking for a ‘ nostalgic or old style filter ‘ to recreate the mood or a moment ! It must be interesting going through those slides to see what was inspiring for you photographically in those days . The shadows on the walls comes as no surprise to me 😉 and one very intriguing lady .. all sorts of questions she poses in my mind …

    • Yeah, no vintage filters needed for these. You’re right, seeing some of the same subjects was a good reminder, and a little surprising in a few cases. Maybe I should do some pairings – yes – that’s a good idea – thanks Poppy!

  5. Its often interesting when looking at photos taken a few decades ago to consider whether we would treat the subject in the same way now – and that doesn’t just depend upon the choice of camera.
    Of this selection I particularly like the first one – especially the composition and use of shadows.

    • Interesting notion, Louis. The camera has a strong influence but there are other things, too, that come into play. I actually can see myself taking each of these pretty much the same way now, but the results would look SO different because of the camera. Not better or worse, just different.

  6. Loving the vintage shots. Such fun retrieving images and memories from days long gone. I shattered an ankle almost five years ago and couldn’t walk for over two months. That was a good time to ‘archive’ a great many of my old shots. Slides definitely held up better than negatives. 🙂

    • It IS fun, but then you have to climb back out of that place, lest you get lost! I wouldn’t wish an injury like yours on anyone but it’s great that you made good use of the down time. I had a friend who broke both knees in a car accident and had been overweight. He took the opportunity to focus on his health and get into a strict diet – he really obsessed on it because there wasn’t much else he could do and he knew it would help. A good lesson.

  7. I can see your discerning eye at work in these wonderful early shots Lyn! Funny isn’t it how we forget what we thought we would remember forever . . . let alone what camera was used. Any cameras I had were like cigarette lighters, cheap, cheerful and sitting in the bottom of a bag.

    • Yes, but my memory has always been tricky, so I probably would never assume I’d remember much. Cheap, cheerful and sitting in the bottom of a bag…what an image! With the cigarette lighter, which luckily is no longer there. 🙂

  8. for me, it’s the linearity of the cows. as though they nonchalantly mean to intrigue us. and the lady (I too was struck by the name on the sign, which you googled to find). I once took (too) many slides and have wondered about transfer to digital – can you point to a system or product or technique you favor (if it’s not too much trouble. cheers ~


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