Field of Vision

“ Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow!” – Imogen Cunningham.

The midweek Word/Photo Challenge over on our site Weekly Prompts is ‘Family Albums.  GC asks us – In this digital age of phone cameras, online storage and social media, do we still use or look through our old conventional family photo albums?

family Album

A Typical photo page from my Family Album

Today my photos are stored on my computer and backed up in iCloud Online storage. Occasionally, I look through the old photo albums, but I often feel nostalgic and a little sad at the passing of the years. 

Camera and film fromunder the stairsA couple of weeks ago my eldest daughter came across a box containing rolls of film and disposable cameras that had been stored, almost hidden in a hard to reach area under the old staircase at her side of our house, I assume my late husband had put them there.

The question now is, how long have they been there and what the heck do I do with them? Should I have them developed, is there a chance something could be salvaged? Is the quality likely to be just as poor as the others that were taken with the old camera film?

(C) 2020 Word/Photo Challenge Family Albums from Weekly Prompts.

18 thoughts on “Field of Vision

  1. Oh Sue, I know exactly how you feel about those old family albums, lots of memories, lots of nostalgia, and many heartfelt moments…, as for those old rolls of film, that’s out of my league…… I’ve taken some pic’s today Sue, and I’m writing a poem associated with the photos… they’re not really family album photos, but very topical photos of our situation today……. so I might post that it later for you when I finish the article, if that’s ok …..

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    1. I knew you’d feel the same as me. 💕
      I also found an old cine film and have no idea what I should do with it.
      Ivor, Please do the challenge, you know we have no rules, everything is welcome, and I thank you for your continued support. 🙂

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  2. It’s always difficult looking back. All I can offer, Sue, is that other members of the family, particularly younger ones, enjoy looking at the old photographs of family and friends. They will enjoy them from a less personal, but just as important view.

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  3. derrickjknight

    As you probably know Sue, I have spent many years scanning and loading onto my iMac all those family album pictures – from film to slides and from old prints where I don’t have the original source material. Now that everyone has a camera, will those who come after me appreciate this? Who knows? I do know that when I post some of the old sets the subjects do appreciate them.
    I would certainly develop at least one of those old films – as a test of their survival. An undeveloped film had been found in the effects of the father of a child in care many years ago. I was able to print the only image of his Dad that boy would have.

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    1. I too have admired your family photos, and even more I appreciate how much time you gave to scanning and transferring. Some of ours have been scanned when one of the girls asked for a copies.
      I will take your advice, Derrick and thank you.

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  4. Murphy's Law

    Definitely develop one roll to start, and take it from there. You could have a treasure trove there! Especially if your husband tucked them away for safekeeping. They meant something to him. He was probably going to develop those rolls “later”, but sadly didn’t get the chance.

    I love looking through photo albums….mine or anyone else’s. There’s a life story in every picture. I think it’s great the way you can store photos on your computer. But to me it’s like reading a book. I don’t want to read it on line. I want the book in my hand.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I wish we’d been better photographers back then!
      I think you’re right about the film, he probably had good intentions and then simply forgot all about them!

      Thank you, Ginger 🙂


  5. I was in our storage area last month and at the very bottom of a box I had marked ‘Gifts’ (gifts????) was my old Kodak Duaflex camera. No film was in it but it had a used bulb in the flash! It had been there for 25 years! Have the film developed, Sue. I imagine it will be a treasure.

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  6. You need to get to work with all of that Sue.
    My dad was a keen cine camera user and took lots of film way back when I was tiny – 55 years ago. I managed to transfer it all to video and then later disk. A cousin of mine in Holland who lost her fisherman father at sea when she was about six years old (in 1975) contacted me just recently via Facebook and asked whether I had any film of her father. I said yes and managed to send her little clips. She was quite overcome as these were the first moving images she had seen of her dad.
    I hope this little story inspires you. Your family will treasure the results I’m sure.

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    1. Thank you, for telling me about your experience. My husband’s camera skills left much to be desired so I’m not expecting too much but at the same time I’m hoping that some of the film has survived! Thank you, Selina


  7. I would definitely develop one roll and see how it goes!
    What a beautiful treasure to find! This makes me all teary-eyed. Joy-tears. 🙂
    I love photos and the older the better! When my adult kids are here they love looking through the old photo albums!
    Last year for Christmas we copied a ton of the old photos to a thumbdrive (one for each kid) so each them could have the photos to put on their computers.
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…let us know how the developing goes!

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    1. I am curious to know what is on the rolls of film and also what might be on the disposable cameras. We used to give the kids disposable cameras when they went away on school trips, but it seems hard to believe that they could be so old. Yes, I’ll take one of each with me next time I’m in town. Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂

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