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Budding Photographer and Mentor

George Cousins

North Saanich,British Columbia, Canada

Artist's Description

I took “pictures” since I was about 10, but not until I met the guy on the right did I start to learn about “photos”. Elmer and I were in the air force together and when I heard I was going to be sent to the Arctic for 3 years he insisted I HAD to take 35mm. colour! So he gave me a crash course over about 3 weeks, supervised me buying a light meter and tripod, as many rolls of Kodachrome as I could afford (not many!) but I had no camera..I had been using his, and I had no money to buy one. So, he lent me his 35mm. Voightlander and saw me off to take slides in the Arctic.
Now, that was, and still is, a true and wonderful friend.
Here we were a couple of years later, on top of Mount Royal in the city of Montreal, Canada. I’ve managed to get an Exakta SLR with a menagerie of telephoto lens, extension tubes and what not, and he has his Practica. I believe the picture was taken by another buddy with the Voightlander, and the film was probably Super XX, ASA 400.
The photo was taken in the fall of 1954 and scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000US scanner, using technology that would have been science fiction if we had ever thought about it.

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