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Rediscovering me

In July this year I wrote a journal about revisiting my old photographic friends, images I had not looked at for awhile. If you missed it you will find this journal here

Rediscovering those images taken a few years earlier in some cases, allowed me to see them anew and see their potential. After processing, some of them became some of my most interesting images.

Now I have gone back even further – I am exploring my film library. While I have not shot a roll of film for at least five years, I have kept all my negatives and transparencies since I fell in love with photography in my early teens. I even have some my efforts when I was about nine years of age. If I include my work as a professional photographer in 1980s I have shot tens of thousands of rolls of film.

I have gone back to some of my earliest 35mm images starting at about the age of thirteen, particularly during the time my family travelled in Europe and Asia. Seeing these images for the first time in decades was like watching a replay of my early life.

Every now and again I have found images of sufficient quality or interest that I have decided to scan them and allow them to be part of my contemporary collection. I will leave it up to you to judge their worth.

Here is one that surprised me:

I took this photograph in early 1972.

While I worked in photography for over ten years while working and studying other things, after school I pursued a university education and a profession. Having now returned to photography after working in that profession for so long the image of Paris above makes me wonder whether I should have followed my then passion for photography instead?

Too late now? Maybe rediscovering my youthful photography will help me rediscover me.

Comments

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiabout 4 years ago

    It’s never too late Alex. What matters is that you do what you love.

  • I agree however one can forget to pay attention to the things we love.

    – Alexander Meysztowicz-Howen

  • Prodigi
    Prodigiabout 4 years ago

    Gravity is a wonderful thing. It drags us, sometimes kicking and screaming to the things that make us whole. Whether one appreciates it on an intellectual level or not, the stuff that’s inside will try its best to manifest itself! For you, as for me, our intellects have sometimes stood in the way of who we are and what makes us happy. Never too late.