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I began shooting slide film around 1990 but most of the images I made at this point were mostly captured on print film, something I regret. I didn’t really begin to convert solely to slide film until early 1992 and have been shooting it ever since. I’ll admit that in 2005 I was intrigued by the digital camera and purchased my first DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. I enjoyed it and made some great images with it as well. I loved the instant gratification of viewing the picture immediately. I also liked the fact that outside the camera and flash card there was no additional cost of film purchase and processing. I vowed to never shoot another roll of film again.
That vow would only last about 6 months before I found myself lacking in something I craved the most. A tangible asset. I would go on to own more DSLR camera bodies as well as film bodies. I spent several years arguing the film vs. digital argument only to realize that it all boils down to preference and what your goals are. There is room in my camera bag for both film and digital.
Our world moves at the speed of now and that is why I carry a DSLR with me most of the time. News happens at a moments notice!
A passion of mine is to preserve history and I choose to do my preservation through photography. No matter the subject matter or the camera you use every click of the shutter captures a moment in time, a piece of our history and for me that is most important. Over the past 24 years I have been documenting my career mostly on film but I do have several hundred images made with a digital camera. I have also been documenting our family as well which is 90% slide film and 10% digital. Without an actual physical count I’d have to estimate my family slide collection hovers somewhere near 8,000 images of which only half have been filed. I just received another 216 slides the other day from the holidays.
Another reason I still shoot slide film is because of monetary value. Collectors want originals. I’ve sold older slides from my collection on Ebay for some serious amounts of money. As a matter of fact I know people who do it for a living. They buy slide collections and break them up. This is both sad and fascinating as well. I’ve slowly been acquiring slides that I hope to flip in the near future but only time will tell.
Since Kodak has exited the slide film market entirely there are only several choices left in which to buy it. Agfa Photo has recently restarted its slide film business and I’m glad because I love the stuff compared to Fuji’s. Its comes done to personal choice. Also Kodak does not process film anymore and most film (Print) is either processed in house at local photo labs or stores like Walmart or CVS. Slide film processing is only done at a handful of locations around the United States with the most popular being Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas.
Although those yellow Kodak boxes of joy that came in the mail are no longer I still get excited for those Red, White & Blue boxes from Dwayne’s!
This weeks “Postcard of the Week” comes from Quebec City, Canada. It was mailed to me on a cold February 5th 2015. It was -28 degrees celsius or -18 degrees fahrenheit kind of Canadian day.
This weeks “Photo of the Week” was captured by myself during an after Christmas trip into Manhattan. I created the image with a Canon EOS 3 on Fuji Press 800 print film.
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During the Christmas holiday in 2003 we traveled west to spend time with Julie’s family in Ohio and Michigan. Our boys at the time were young with Michael being 4 1/2 and Max at 18 months. I have such wonderful memories of the holidays spent with family and this was no exception. I cannot believe that these images were taken 12 years ago, how time does fly.
Merry Christmas to you!
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I purchased this postcard many years ago while visiting Bronner’s “Christmas Wonderland” in Frankenmuth, Michigan, it has to be my favorite of all time.
As a matter of fact I bought about 30 or 40 of these postcards and have sent them out over the years to family and friends. Sadly Bronner’s does not have this postcard anymore. This scan is from my personal collection.
This weeks “Photo of the Week” comes from Brock Kerchner of Mechanicsburg, PA.
“I was 5 years old and it was Christmas time in Kutztown, PA. We always got up early and opened our gifts from my family but then we would break, shower and clean up as we waited for our extended family to arrive and continued opening gifts. That is why you see gifts unopened. My first Lionel train was “The Cargo King” seen behind me that I still have today running around my tree. You can also see a Mr. T figurine on the caboose flat and a Hot Wheels toy in the foreground left. My grandfather who was a master carpenter and craftsman built this house himself on a corner lot of what was their farm. He sold the farm except for this corner land to build his house on.
This was his holiday, he had an incredible workshop and after September we were never aloud to go downstairs to it. He would start building AMAZING things for his children and grandchildren out of wood, intricate difficult things. Our houses are filled with them. Christmas afternoon he would unveil them to us, he was my Santa. My grandmother would help sand and stain them as well. He did this work until until he passed 6 years ago in his 80’s.”
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This weeks “Postcard of the Week” is from Russia or Russian Federation and is a New Year greeting. This particular card was sent to me from Lyuban, Belarus near the Minsk region on November 8th 2012. To this day it remains one of my most favorite in my collection.
During the Soviet years, Christmas celebrations were not allowed in Russia and the Soviet Union. New Year’s celebrations that were similar to Christmas celebrations elsewhere began in the 1930s. Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) took the place of Santa Claus at children’s parties. He was given a grandaughter, called Snegurochka (Snow Girl or Snow Maiden), to help him. At first the New Year holiday was for children, but later it became a holiday for everyone.
In the 1950s, there were some colorful greeting postcards in a Soviet realist style. A real revival of Russian greeting postcards occured in the 1960s. Although the artwork became more modern and international in style, the themes often show typical aspects of the Soviet and Russian culture. Many of the designs also show a decorative folk art influence.
Russians began celebrating Christmas again in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, the New Year holiday remains much more important.
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Last holiday season I discovered “Christmas Blend” at our local coffee shop here in Binghamton, NY http://www.laveggiocoffee.com and I had to give it a try. If it says Christmas it has to be good, right! I purchased one pound and had them grind it for me as well, quickly becoming my favorite seasonal roast.
At the end of November this year I noticed on their website they would offer the ‘Christmas Blend” once again for the holidays along with two others, Holiday Blend and Yuletide. I promptly made my order! Having recently purchased a coffee grinder I opted for the whole bean.
The early morning light gleaming through our home office window, the ambient glow of four Christmas trees and a pipping hot cup of “Holiday Blend” and I’m in coffee heaven.
Lastly in the coming days the “Yuletide” roast will be released completing my holiday coffee addiction.
Do you have a favorite Holiday roast or coffee? I’d love to hear about it.
Christmas Blend: Chocolate, buttery mouth feel, candied fruit, spicy finish.
Holiday Blend: Orange & fudge.