Monday, November 1, 2010

Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

My friends and I found an old box of photos in one of the upstairs rooms today. The treasure was brought down into the living room where we all began to look through our past. So many pictures. So many memories.

And they were all taken by me.

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Here were photos of us when we were young, long before any of us brought children into the world. I think I had forgotten that I was so young once.

What I hadn’t realized, though, was that even then I was always the one with the camera. 

When I was 21 years old, I bought a used Nikon FM for $50 from one of the photographers at the newspaper where I was employed. It was my first real camera and was completely manual, down to the winding of the film. It came with a booklet, which I read and learned from, keeping careful records of my first attempts at photography.

I believe it’s packed away somewhere in this house. I sure hope it is.

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away.
~ Paul Simon

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

28 comments:

RedWillow said...

This is so beauiful and love the light. My daugther and I did the same thing for a slide show for my in Laws and her grandparents 60th anniv.. It wa fun. I do like this by Paul Simon also. Have a great night

Hilary said...

Such treasures to happen upon. I'll bet you had a wonderful time looking through them. The colours in this photo are amazing. Just beautiful.

Gail said...

The photo albums come out when we have people visit from the past.

I miss that and should print all the lovely digitals but I am too lazy, so I guess the tradition will die with me.

Debbie W said...

I was the one with the camera when I was younger too but I had actually forgotten about the need to wind your film forward on the old SLR's. :)

I also remember lots of people complained because I was always taking photographs....oh no, her she comes again with that camera. But they are the same ones today that love looking at all the photographs I took back then.

COUNTRY GAL said...

I did the same thing not long ago and posted some of the old photos on my photography blog !
My very first camera was a Kodak manual camera when I was 8 years old it was a film camera! As I got older I bought a Minolta 35m and developed my own film and had lots of different lenses that you cant get these days for any camera thats now made ! Love your post and photo ! Have a great day !

LivewithFlair said...

I know what you mean about forgetting that you were once so young! I like that you knew, even back then, your love for photography. Thank you! www.livewithflair.blogspot.com

Daryl said...

I am wishing we had my dad's Rolieflex .. it was the camera I learned on ... also completely manual.......

Deb said...

what fun going through old photos...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I find it so much fun to look at old photographs; it makes you remember that you did have a past and it still matters, because it's usually the making of who you are today.

CJ xx

Mental P Mama said...

I had a Brownie. Now I am dating myself....

TSannie said...

Not as convenient back then but just as beautiful.

Oliag said...

I recently cleaned up my old Pentax and bought some NEW Kodachrome...Fun!...Hope you find your old Nikon.

I love looking at old photos but I am terrible about getting prints made of my digital photos...I am so far behind it would cost a mint to print them out...dilemna...

Love this shot Kate:)

Low Tide High Style said...

Finding old photos is like finding money in the pocket of your jacket that you forgot was there!

Kat :)

Michelle said...

Yep, me too (with the camera). I still have my Pentax K1000 from college photography class! Which is maybe why I am so amazed at what the point-and-shoot digitals like my new Panasonic Lumix ZS6 can do....

A Scattering said...

Kodak announced in June 2009 that they will no longer manufacture Kodachrome film. My heart broke. I remember the intense, delicious colour from Kodachrome 26 and 64 slides. You couldn't beat it.

beth said...

love your new banner.....

and those photos....you are so lucky you have them !

The Japanese Redneck said...

I remember playing that record till it wouldn't play any longer.

Dyche Designs said...

I love trips down memory lane and photos are the perfect way to do it. You must have been made up when you stumbled upon them.

Cloudia said...

Brilliantly illuminating in few words and images!



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Karen said...

My first REAL camera was a Pentax K1000 and let me tell you, it did a good job!...

Karen said...

Oh, but I'm never going back to film. Never.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Isn't it fun going through old pictures? Would love to see pictures of you and your friends back then. Surely there is one with you in it?

maillady said...

glad you had a nice visit. wish i was there. old pictures are a blast to look at... where did all that time go. ? my kids always make comments about me taking pictures, however they are the first to say lets look at the pictures when we were little. my response to them always is i'm making memories....

mrs mediocrity said...

the best kind of memories. i had a Nikon when I was in college, I can't remember now if it was an FM or a DM, but my, photography has come a long way!

Jan's camera said...

I love that song, probably because I used to love Kodachrome film. I still have my Nikon film cameras and I still use them. I just got my first DSLR Nikon the other day. I'm trying to figure it out. It's fun looking at the old photos.

Jill of All Trades said...

Wonderful. There is just nothing like real film!

Mary said...

I often think it's a shame that I hardly ever print any of my digital photos. It's so much fun to look through a box full of old pictures...

Funny, but I got my first SLR from a friend of my husband's. They worked together at the Home News in New Brunswick.

Beautiful light in your image today!

Rusty said...

As much as I love digital photography, there was a precision about the way Kodachrome could record subjects that was wonderful. My first camera? Just thinking about that - a Kodak Baby Browney - first photos taken (I think) at the New York Worlds Fair - 1939. (Certainly NOT on color). Grin. Someday I might discover an easy way of digitizing those old slides - but.....ATB!