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London Visit

I’ve previously written about the collection of abandoned Argentinean snapshots I received from a friend. They belonged to a guy who left them in South Africa many years ago. His snaps show good times for a group of guys in Argentina, their home country. So it was interesting to find some shots included in the box of their travels in Europe. Interesting because of the way they remade themselves for their travels, wearing dapper clothing in a style they may have felt was appropriate for Europe. We’re talking brogues for London, boots for Venice, and a well-groomed style not seen in their home pics. I love this transformation and the soft, self-conscious style of the photos. They do look the part of the debonair tourist, don’t they?

In London …

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… and in Venice.

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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in City view, Europe, Man, People, Sightseeing

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Fancy Dress Party

Given how popular fancy dress parties were in the 1970s, you’d think they would turn up more often. Perhaps people are wisely getting rid of those pics before disposing of their snapshots! The awful, tacky get-ups, the stereotypes, the smeared make-up on men, the giddy, gaudy, god-awfulness of it all is so endearing. In the late-hour, full-swing drunkenness of these pics we see true humanity poking through, and it is beautiful.

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Beach Grab

My guess this is a Cape Town beach on the Atlantic seaboard, 1960s. It’s a wonderful example of vernacular photography that weirdly works. Despite being hastily snapped and, as a result, being skew and blurred, there are enough details from the era to make it interesting. I love the relaxed indifference of the women as they stride by, smoking and chatting. It’s almost contemporary.

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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in Beach scene, People, South Africa, Woman

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Fynbos Lady Nerds

I just love how these three nerdy ladies are enjoying the Cape Fynbos, in 1968. My guess is that this is somewhere near Rhodes Memorial, Cape Town.

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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Flowers, Nature, People, South Africa, Woman

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Vintage Photo in a Vintage Photo

I wish I knew more about vintage clothing to be able to guess the age of the old portrait in this 1960s snapshot. Of course the irony is that the snapshot itself is now vintage. From a note on the frame, we know that the man is someone’s ‘Grand pa’ while the knees belong to a man named ‘Nic’.

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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Man, Old cars, People, Photography, Portraits

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Birthday Party

Two moms enjoying a chat at a toddlers birthday late 1950s. A classic snapshot that perfectly captures the tête-à-têtes between the mothers with an offbeat composition. Tempting to crop it but I liked the deep well of the veranda space and the way the balloons poke in at the top.

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The square format slide had degenerated to a murky magenta. I considered converting it to black and white but in the end liked this soft pink shade, with desaturated color.

 

Instant Relatives

The term ‘instant relative’ has emerged in popular culture. It refers to those photos of people found at flea markets. You can purchase them, take them home and presto! you have instant ancestors on your wall. I’ve seen them in holiday houses and restaurants, cloak rooms and hallways. In one holiday house I stayed in they hung above the bath. On the one hand it’s a shallow decor trend but on the other hand people really do start feeling a connection with the people in found photos. There’s definitely something deeper going on.

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These instant relatives – photographed in the UK in about 1965 – all come from a single collection. One inherits the loving, friendly or intimate gaze without any effort, and perhaps that is their attraction.

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Snapshots such as these had great significance for their owners in colonial South Africa, depicting as they do one’s connection to a tribe in a country of origin, far away.

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With the remove of time and no real familial connection, the anthropologist’s eye comes in. I love the details of domesticity, the houses and clothing tell a thousand stories about middle class English society.

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Here’s Bob Richter explaining what instant ancestors are and how you can welcome them into your home.

 

Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Domestic scene, Europe, People, Suburban home

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Double Kodak Moment with Hairnet

The cultural practice of photography is usually hidden – you see the snapshot that was taken not the photographer in the act of taking it. That’s why I love this 1966 find in which a woman is photographing two girls in the small front garden of a house in what looks like Mowbray, Cape Town. I haven’t identified the camera but, with it’s top viewfinder, it looks like a 1940s or 1950s model. Their names are written on the frame: Lesley, Gillian and Alison. Maybe you know them? I almost feel like I do.

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Argentinean Road Trips

Remember Grasshopper men’s shoes? They were popular in the 1970s and, true to the era, a Grasshopper shoe box arrived the other day filled with a very unusual collection of slides from the 1970s. These were left in South Africa by an Argentinean traveler, never to be retrieved. Among them are several fabulous snapshots of a group of friends on road trips in Argentina and Chile.

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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Old cars, People, Road trip, South America

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What gives?

A group of people getting out, acting up, and hanging loose! Though I know nothing about them, the moment captured suggests they are a singing or acting troupe.

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Posted by on March 31, 2015 in People

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Princess Bride 1960s

Mid 1960s bridal charm and simplicity.

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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Domestic scene, People, Woman

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Youths on the street

A gem of a slide showing youths on the street in the 1960s.

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Before and after

Its so damn good in black and white!

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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in City street, People

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Asleep on a train

I love the irony of this wonderful 1960s snapshot. When in the moment we seldom think of the journey a photo can take in the world. Both photographer and sleeper had no idea that the Internet would one day exist and that this image would be shared – and enjoyed – in digital form by a wide audience!

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Before and after

Its fabulous in a tinted black and white.

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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in America, Close-ups, Man, People

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The alpha

I’m getting a little braver about sharing pictures of people. And who wouldn’t with such wonderful material? Like this 1970’s snapshot at a work occasion, of a classic alpha male. Even the poses of those around him seem to affirm his status. I’m sure that silver hair flowed all the way down his back!

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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in Man, People

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Romantic silhouette

Couple at Rhodes Museum, Greece, 1964.

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Before and after

A case of recoloring, balancing light and shadow, and shadow detail recovery.

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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Europe, Museum, People, Sightseeing

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