It was a time when photography was expensive, not just because of the cost of the equipment, but also the expense of buying and processing film.
I remember when taking more than two or three shots of the same scene so I could get the composition just right felt like an extravagance. And composition was important because the prints came back in standard sizes, so cropping wasn’t ideal.
I’ve started to scan in some of the photos from the family album, like the one above which I took on holiday in Fuerteventura. It is as shot as I had one of those cameras that had a panoramic format that seemed to be the way forward for film before digital killed it off.
The interesting thing is that when you zoom in, print has much softer edges that digital and less flaring.
On the left is one of my favourite photos of Mrs P which she’ll hate me for including as it was taken 25 years ago or more. It was an impromptu shot taken in the kitchen of our first house and wasn’t posed in any way.
What I was doing taking photos with black and white film I’ve no idea. I suspect I was going through one of my experimental phases.
Anyway, I like it, but I won’t inflict on you any more from the family album. Then again I might.