Last year I ordered an attachment for my camera that allows me to photograph negatives, for whatever reason it took six months to show up. Yesterday was the day. So the process of going through the many, many binders of negatives I have began. Why not start with my first ‘real’ roll of black and white film – Kodak Tmax, shot as the first roll that went through my Pentax K1000 in 1993. This roll has a couple of unique shots. One of my favorite early photos of my wife, frame #4, and a streak of lights over the Charles River in Boston #24. The streak of lights was a key to my early photography. This roll was shot for my first photo class; I had developed the film and the prints at my darkroom at school. The streak shot caught the eye of my teacher immediately, not that it is award winning in any way, but it was different than a typical still shot. I knew enough to make the camera stay open longer, to allow the light to be captured, though I had no idea on the technical aspects of it when she asked. So I was challenged to figure it out, it was the start of me demanding more out of my camera than a point and click. I have labeled the frame numbers from this role of which ones I have included. I find it funny the first shot I took was of the Community Church in Medway, something I have taken many other photos of over the last 25 years.
I have just about every negative I have ever shot, so getting this attachment is exciting. Not only do I have them, but they are labeled and dated. I can’t wait to start digging through them and bringing these analog images to the digital world.