Screenshots, Photographs, Memories, History

January 20, 2012

Two days ago, the internet stood up to the world. The big nasty world of unreasonable politics and it’s recent by-products: SOPA and PIPA. Bravo to Wikipedia for standing up for internet freedom and lighting the way towards a global internet movement. “Yes, moments like these are worth noting and preserving. This, is history in the making!” I thought as I hit the Print Screen button of my keyboard when Wikipedia was blacked out for the very first time in 11 years. (Click on pictures to enlarge)

And then, I realised that is exactly why I love photography. Be it snapshots of family or friends, street photos, or even random “I like the look of it” pictures, they’re all screenshots of history one can refer back to and smile, while remembering the “good old days”. I’m a firm believer that photographs are much like wine, they get better with age.

Yesterday, I remembered I had an undeveloped film in my cupboard from a few months ago, so today, I set out to brush up my film development skills. This is one of twelve pictures from the specific roll.

Meet Kalipso, my fiancée’s grandmother and an avid story-teller. She told us all sorts of stories from her past that day. How she used to make one pound a day by knitting socks -big bucks at the time-, how she turned down the annoying neighbour who wanted to marry her, and how she was considered rich when she cooked the potatoes of her wedding dinner in oil, were only a few among many notable stories. “The other bride was so jealous when she saw my potatoes. Mine were golden, crispy and juicy. Her’s were black!”

80mm at f/2.8, 1/15, Acros 100 (Rolleiflex 2.8F)

Sadly Kalipso passed away not long ago, aged 92. She, and her stories, will be missed.

There are 5 comments in this article:

  1. January 20, 2012Mike C says:

    That’s a great portrait fella. Sounds like an amazing woman too :)

  2. January 20, 2012Christakis says:

    Thanks mate. Has a bit of motion blur unfortunately when viewed up close but I can live with it. She was too fun to listen to.

  3. January 21, 2012Stuart Grout says:

    Photographs certainly can be screenshots of history, but for that reason they can also be frustrating.

    I’ve inherited all sorts of family photos but very rarely do I have any context to make sense of them. My memory isn’t that great so even photos that I’m in can be difficult to place so older family photos seem to be of strangers.

    I do worry about digital photos as at least many of the old printed photos I’ve got have some information written on the back of them, unlike my recent digitals that are already disorganised.

  4. January 23, 2012Georgie Mathew says:

    sweet portrait, Chris and nice story as well..

  5. January 24, 2012Christakis says:

    Cheers guys. Stuart, digital is all about organisation. I typically store each set of pictures in a folder with date and place/event they were taken at.

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