It’s a fluffy old slide…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Dette Bavis and Rim Tobbins.

I was just looking in the ‘My Pictures’ file where I keep all the digital copies of my photos, they are reasonably well organised into folders – I noticed one folder that I rarely look in, it’s called ‘Scanned Old Slides’. I don’t look at it much because I recall that the original ‘slides’, ‘colour slides’, ‘transparencies’, as they were called back then, weren’t very good in the first place.
I mostly stuck to black and white photography in the ‘olden days’. The trouble with slides was that they were difficult to look at – who’d want to pursue a visual art form that was ‘difficult to look at’? You had to either set up a ‘slide projector’ and screen in a darkened room and project them, or you kept the fiddly little buggers in the plastic box that they came from the chemist in – you’d take them out one at a time, try to get them the right way up, and hold them up to the light to see what the hell was on them. No, no, I soon got fed up with all of that!
Anyway, a while ago I came across one of these boxes of slides from years back and decided that I’d ask a friend to mine to scan the most promising ones for me. I must say, even on the computer screen, and Photoshopped a bit, they still didn’t look that good.
However, here’s one, that I did warm to. The colours are a bit fluffy and it’s not very crisp, but I though it was good enough, in its composition and pithy message, that I’d rescue it from its little box and show it here, to the world…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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12 Responses to It’s a fluffy old slide…

  1. A voice from the past and relevant today. Plus interesting and beautiful to look at. Nothing more you can ask from a photo.

    I remember belonging to a camera club in the early 2000’s and they still had a category in our competitions for slides. Not many people doing them even then. Now it’s a thing of the past. I never did them so I can’t say I miss them, but I do think they had a characteristic certain look that you didn’t mistake.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      When I looked at my slides blown up they did seem quite fuzzy compared with B&W 35mm photos.
      I sort of felt that I had to “try out colour” – really I’m quite glad that I didn’t stick at it!

      • I remember the slide portion of our competition was usually uninspiring, except for one man who did exquisite macro pictures of flowers – they looked superb on the big screen – and not so much in prints (which he also did).

      • Dave Whatt says:

        I think slides were used a lot in commercial photography – fashion etc. They handled the colours so very well, and the images could be easily transferred for the magazine printing processes – not that I ever did any of that of course.

      • When I first started doing art any entries to shows, galleries, etc. had to be made with slides since it allowed for the jury process to be done in a meeting of the jurors more quickly than passing around photos. I spent a small fortune (like everyone else) getting work photographed, slides made, etc. and new ones each year to present current work. What a lot of time it took too. Now I snap photos, or scan, with my little digital camera, send the images via email or a submission site as instructed. Better quality images ( we were always being cautioned by shows that poor quality slides would kill your chances) and cheap/fast. I had forgotten all about this. Glad those days are past.

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Oh, indeed! With digital the colour is so good and reliable! I love it!…
        I once tried colour printing from slides in my darkroom – arghhh! It was really awful – and very expensive!…

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    I still have several boxes of slides, ugh…..this image can conjure up all kinds of societal meanings.

  3. memadtwo says:

    The things we throw away kind of sums up our species. (K)

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