Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Family Catch

Fishing Family, originally uploaded by deanv41.

The patina of each generation, the colors that define it, the quality of film that captured the decade, the patterns and fabrics cause a certain emotional resonance. When you look at a painting from the 1950s, not only the subject matter but the visual elements chosen to depict it convey even more emotional information.
Take this shot from around 1972 or 73 of me, my mother, sister, and cousin in Southcentral Alaska. The light flare bursting at the top of the photo gives a nostalgic golden glow. The effect was typical of much of the kodachrome captures through those years. At the time it seemed a flaw, but ultimately it becomes a desirable accident adding to the impression of endless Alaskan Summer days in times gone by.
There's an app available now that allows the user to chose a year to replicate when shooting -- the deep saturation of the 70s, the washed out and overlit 80s, the pallor of subjects shot with instamatics. We intuitively understand the power of these accidents of technology as important markers of nostalgic influence.

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