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.