When David Mills (played by Brad Pitt) asked the question in the 1995 film Se7en the answer was bad – very bad indeed.
When I asked the question it turned out the box was full of photographs, some I had known about and some I had totally forgotten.
It’s like an archaeological dig going through my stuff from the days of 35mm film. This particular box contained photos from 2003. 2003 was the last year I was fully film based, in early 2004 I bought a Nikon Coolpix 5700.
The digital camera technology back in 2004 wasn’t close enough to get the same quality as 35mm (well not within my price range). The 5700 was marketed as a “pro-sumer” level camera as in it was supposed to be above the then current consumer level cameras but below the then professional level cameras. I used the camera as an in between camera before committing to being 100% digital.
One lesson I learned from the 5700 was don’t forget to monitor the battery level. I remember I was in Yellowstone national park having spent the day photographing mud-pots and wildlife. Old Faithful geyser was beginning to erupt and my battery died, as in seconds before I was about to push the button. Doh!!!
I have not touched my negatives and related equipment in years. I do own a negative scanner but I don’t have a computer attached to it anymore. So like Cagney Nicole’s pictures that I posted yesterday i’m planning on using my little old HP Scanjet 3500c from 2002 to scan the actual photos into Photoshop before posting.
Going through the box of photographs is also a forensic exercise. I’ve been able to correlate pictures to names and places and sometimes even dates by going though my old booking e-mails. Unfortunately I have a couple of rolls of film that I just don’t know who they are. It’s also triggering memories of other shoots with other people and I’m left wondering whatever happened to those other images… When I work out the chronology I’ll back date entries for the photo shoots
One really happy find was some more rolls of Kitten, she is the model who posed for the image that became the rendering cards. I’ll get some of those scanned in and posted some time in the future.