North Atlantic • 1972

Ted Byrne

Lancaster, United States

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Atlantic Coast, Maine, USA

Irresistible versus immovable.

They were boxed in the attic closet. Thousands of slides along with color and B/W negatives. Yesterday was the first time I’d brought them into the light in maybe twenty-five years. I need the room so I’ve got to toss the stuff that’s tumbled into the black hole of obsolescence. So many dozen Kodak carousels. Each holding 140 slides.

So I went to B&H’s website and found the Wolverine, F2D Super Plas Film to Digital Converter… $99 delivered the next day. The Wolverine will convert slides mounted or unmounted, B&W or color negatives, and 16mm or Super 8 film to JPGs on either a flash card or through USB onto my hard drive.Problem is the Wolverine F2D takes the film one frame at a time – manually.

The monitor on the F2D is about the size of the a camera’s LCD, and it’s very contrasty. However it has the ability to vary the exposure of a copy by ±2 stops, with s similar ability to vary the exposure of each of the RGB channels by the same about. Since color film seems to fade into either magenta, or blue… these controls allow me to restore (or enhance) some of the original color dynamics during the copying process. A scan takes three seconds.

Back then I shot either a Nikon FTn or a Nikormat FTn through one or another of seven lenses capped with the dozens of filters I owned. Unfortunately I have no idea which of the possible combinations went into the recipe that cooked up any capture… Like this Kodachrome image.

My friend Jack Ricard was right up against the cliff face that stopped the massive waves. Judging by the slides around this image, this was a stormy morning with the winds coming ashore behind the slabs of water.

Looking at this instant I’ve recalled the way the ground shuddered as the wave’s fist slammed into those rocks. Jack, some forty years ago was roiled by both the explosion of froth and the gale – his body braced against time.

I’ve not talked with Jack in over thirty years. Jobs and moves have done what the North Atlantic couldn’t – swept us apart. But here’s this memory from a box sealed by obsolescence. A window back to a morning when we were young friends. Now we’re neither.

Some memories though are irresistible and immovable.
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