Monday 26 January 2009

scanning old photographs



i'm having great fun (and frustration) scanning old photographs on an old scanner. the software on it is very spartanic, no remembering settings or file locations, and i can only run it 'as administrator' ... (the driver is not really meant for my version of windows, and not approved and possibly a little dodgy)

the fun comes into it when i look at images on screen! this one should be summer 1976, sunday afternoon coffee, i think it's the day of my little sister's christening, that's why my aunt's there, and the good china is out even though we're in the kitchen. on screen little things that i don't really see when i look at a photo in the album jump out at me, expressions on peoples faces, the cute coffee pot on the counter, and the printed glass on the table. i also love the pattern on the high chair!

and of course to me it's amazing how YOUNG everybody looks! i forgot how pretty my aunt was, and my uncle and 2nd cousin were mere boys!

my aunt is wearing a 'kittel' over her skirt and top, white for sundays, they were the 'modern' version of an apron, crackly polyester or 'perlon' sleeveless apron-dresses, and my mum and aunts and granny wore them almost all day every day, goes to show you how much of their day and week was seen as 'work', only for leaving the farm and in the evening the aprons came off.

i might post some more of these as i come across them. it's a pity all those seventies plastics haven't lasted, i'd love that high chair now for my little one!

2 comments:

Mijk said...

If you got a little bit of money to spare get this one. It cost me about 70 euro's it scans 5 pictures at once and separates them in differnet files and the quality is fantastic. it was seriously the best money you can have. And it is small enough to store in my laptopbag (with laptop)

Mijk said...

Sorry I can't believe that I left the name out. I own a canon 90 lide
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-CanoScan-LiDE-90-Hi-Speed/dp/B000V3P1TG/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1233070318&sr=1-18