Saturday, July 16, 2011
Shadow Shot Sunday - Monochrome back then
Shadow Shot Sunday is a fun meme hosted by photo artist Tracy Down Under in Brisbane.
Shadows were not on the mind of photographers in those days, and surely not on that of Grandpa Ralph I (the sage of Steubenville). The aim of the photo hunter was to capture the person in the moment.
When Grandpa passed away in 1981, I was awarded the Scotch carton that carried all the photos that could be captured. Not stored in optimal conditions. However, the B&W prints seem easy to fix as long as they aren't too faded.
Here it my Aunt Terry (Theresa), at a young age in the late 1940s. The flash bulbs of the day added brilliant illumination to everything in the room. So, shadows are all over...
I am sure that this was taken by a professional. Grandpa had a then state of the art, East German Exa SLR camera, with a mechanical timer. I don't think he used a tripod, though, preferring to hire a pro for a portrait.
This, like the first shot, was taken at their home at 1645 Oregon Avenue in Steubenville, my guess in the late 1950s. He was a stickler for details, and here is the 'RV' monogramed on the handkerchief in the jacket pocket. He had his initials on his cufflinks, too. This is a definitive look at Agnes and Ralph, shadows included...
Speaking of initials, how about his 1959 State of Ohio issued license plates?
It is 1959, and the grandparents visited the family at our home in St. Paul Minnesota. The car was a 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer with the 'Red Ram' hemi V-8, and I remember the tri-tone paint on it - white, plum and black. Outstanding style that exists in memories...
The shadow of big sister Michele is the star of this frame, along with those of the Dodge's fin. The sundress, smile and blonde hair add a summer flair to the frame.
Shadows transcend eras, see lots at Hey Harriet!