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.