I had been thinking about what I would properly start my blog with, and as I mentioned in my last post, I planned to start in the past. The question was how far. I could go back to when I first began to contemplate a career, even if half-heartedly, or maybe further. Would the latter be taking a risk however potentially exposing a lower quality of work and potentially have potential readers question my current endeavours?
Then I had another thought, that in going back over my early photographic exploits that not only would I give myself something to blog about, I would also be able to see how far I have come and maybe how much further I could go. With that in mind, the idea of going as far back as I possibly could became more attractive, except for one key thing; go back far enough and you enter the realm of Printed Photos without an electronic version. Which would therefore mean that I would need to wade through piles of photos looking for those key sample shots that I can then scan so that they be uploaded to the net.
Well, I went that far and found photos that have not seen the light of day in years. Some faded due to bad photo albums, others just simply stuffed in a packet (remember those old photo envelopes?) and kept in a box. Even a collection of original negatives!
The next question I had was where to start, and this became a little easier when I starting reviewing my life in photos. Nearly 20 years ago (to the day) I took off to a country that most westerners probably would never see, or if they do, it would only be the once: Russia. I went there as part a Corporate Exchange programme with around 70 other Aussies and New Zealanders. I spent 7 weeks in Saint Petersburg and two in Moscow.
I took some photos during my trip but I was very self-conscious and put-off by the belief that I may be taking a picture of something forbidden. In my mind, there was a heavily armed policeman just around the corner waiting for me to take the illegal snap! I look at the two photos I have uploaded above as a sample of what I took, and I know I would have done it differently today. I feel like I could have included more of the icepack in the second image and that the framing was a little to much to the left in the first. Then again, today I would be able to work a few additional wonders in Photoshop.
Tools like this simply didn’t exist for a simple student with a basic analogue, 35mm film camera. Mind you, I wasn’t too concerned about quality photos at the time anyway.
In my next blog, I intend to look into some of the more, shall I say “ARTY” attempts of my youth, erm, younger years, and will also demonstrate some basic photo recovery skills with photos that predate these two above.