Photography is like a found object. A photographer never makes an actual subject; they just steal the image from the world… Photography is a system of saving memories. It’s a time machine, in a way, to preserve the memory, to preserve time.Hiroshi Sugimoto
So, I’m not sure I 100% agree with Mr. Sugimoto’s quote, but from what he’s saying does this make me an image thief… or more like a hospitable man offering a place of refuge for these orphaned photos, so they can continue their life and also to preserve their memory? Anyway, let me explain…
A couple of weeks back, I bid for a job lot of 35mm projection slides on ebay from the early 1990’s, and won the auction. (Hell yeah 😛 ) I was pretty stoked about winning as all the images seem to come from a collection of some unnamed photographer’s adventures in Asia and Africa, and as far as I know they haven’t been seen for 30 odd years… There are some from China, Malaysia, Morocco, Singapore etc. Featuring people, places and culture from the time period. My initial intention in buying them was mainly one of intrigue, but also I thought that if they were suitable enough, I wanted to digitise them in a high quality format. Turns out, most of are really beautiful and it’s so interesting to see and own this unique collection of images. Most of them seem to be dated from 1991 to 1994, which is when I would have been aged 5-8 living in the UK. I always had a fascination with different cultures and dreamed of travelling both to Asia and Africa at that time; (obviously world travel at that age would have been pretty ambitious, and I still haven’t got over to Asia yet), But being able to place myself in space and time at the same time that these images were taken, and having access to viewing someone else living my childhood dream at the same time as I would have been dreaming about it… is a strange and wonderful experience. Below I have taken some photos of some of the slides via my phone camera ( Huawei Mate 20 Pro) so you can see the sort of images I’m referring to. I will be purchasing a decent flatbed scanner which is able to scan at least 4000dpi x 4000dpi as this is the minimum resolution suitable according to my research in the process of digitising slides. If anyone has any knowledge in this field, or any unseen/ disused collections of images from this time period…please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I hope you enjoy these images for the time being. 🙂 –
P.S ( Please excuse my dirty fingernails :D)