Dec 30 2013
In 1976, I was a freshman in high school and growing up was as it always is for a pimple face boy that was just learning his way around, a fun experience. A teacher in my jr high school, Mr Green, saw something in me and took me under his wing. He planted this seed known as photography in me that has grown into something wonderful. Back then, while it was not a 35mm camera, it was a Sony video camera that was connected to a Sony 1/2″ tape reel to reel recorder. Started taping football games, basketball games and even had a weekly news report of the happening at the school. No it was not one of those gossip shows….. Just pure good school news. As that photography seed was taking root, I started shooting with the famous camera of the day Kodak 110 and 126 cartridge camera. I know everyone remembers those. Got to high school and that seed now has taken root and started to sprout from the ground. Started to learn how to develop Black and White film, good ole Tri X. Still shooting with the Sony video camera at the school, but now I got to use the school’s camera, a twin lens reflex camera. Everyone remembers those right. Look in from top and move the opposite direction you wanted something framed. Those where some fun days.
Christmas of my junior year rolls around and Santa had somehow managed to put a surprise under the tree that year that I did not have a clue about. My first 35mm camera. Came with the body and 3 lens I think. That camera has taken me to some wonderful places and it holds many wonderful memories. It has seen the sidelines of my college football days, many surprised people in class, parades, and many a sunset. Many rolls of Tri-X, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, and good ole Kodak Color Film have been wrapped around the takeup reel and then fed back into the cartridge. See that Santa was my mom and she is the reason to this day I shoot… She made many great sacrifices for me and my sister over the years, but she was always there. She took that seed that had taken root and nurtured it with great care and tons of love to make sure it stayed alive and that it would grow for many years then and into the future. She did not know what laid in the path of that seed, but she knew in her heart that great things and some really good images would come from taking so great care of it.
I have missed having that memory around to remind me of where I have been and the path, however twisted, that has been taken. Now it is home and it will now get a fresh cleaning on the outside, some glue to put the cover back on in some well worn places, but it has finally come home. For all the gear I have or have had, this one will always hold that place in my heart and memories, MY FIRST CAMERA.
Till later ……
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