Some stunning images emerged during April. I unpacked several boxes of unseen slides, and also returned to collections I had liked and put aside years ago. The mix of favorites in this post reflects both the beauty of the images and a level of curiosity about South Africa shown on Instagram. The order below reflects
Usually vernacular slide photography is all birthday parties, travel and glamour so a collection of pics taken locally in SA by a fishing family is something different. This group of snapshots were dirty and blurry but the grit seemed to go with the subject and I like how they look with an added dry texture.
Men wait on a harbour quay somewhere in 1963. A radical straightening was needed, then recoloring and sharpening. I find that many seaside and harbor snapshots, with a lot of blue in them, turn quite magenta over time. Recoloring brings them back to life. Before and after. Click for big.
Simonstown harbor in 1960. I love the flags – half transparent and whipping in the Cape wind. What a funny collection of men on that small fishing boat. This image appeals to my sea- and South Peninsula loving heart! I deepened the sky, bringing back its moodiness, and brightened up the flags. I decided not
I came across this slide of Kalk Bay taken in 1964. Nearly 50 years later, not much has changed in this view from Boyes Drive. After some scrutiny I can point out that the big palm trees we see today were not yet planted, there are fewer chimneys now (they must’ve been removed), fewer buildings
Back in the day, before harbors become amusement parks and shopping areas, this 1966 scene was more common. Rough and ready, working harbors were a real adventure to explore. Before and after. Click for big.
These leisure and sailing boats are clustered in a small, traditional harbor on the Gulf of Naples, Italy in 1966. In the background is the ‘Transatlantico Ristorante’, which still exists, although it was undoubtedly more romantic in this era than the generic, whitewashed place it has turned into now. Recoloring of this image was necessary