Don’t Forget About Old Photos

The most recent photo book I created does not contain any photos more recent than 1994. These photos were taken in Europe before I was married. They reflect my interest in photography, and I wanted to preserve them. I also thought that my two sons, Ed and Noah, would like to see them. Unfortunately  I had captured the images on photographic film. and had left them languishing in the proverbial shoebox. (If you do not know what film is, please click on this link to learn more about this technology.)

To create the book, I used StoryBook Creator with relatively simple page layouts and a black background. I used many of the photos as full page images. I had taken the photographs with a medium format Bronica GS-1 camera, which uses 120 film to produce a 6×7 cm image. I had used Kodachrome 64 for daylight photos and Fujifilm’s tungsten-balanced Fujichrome 64T for night photos.  I scanned all transparencies with a Microtek ArtixScan M1 at 2400 dpi.

This book is a compilation of photographs taken on several trips to Europe. In 1987, My brother, Greg, was attending college in Scotland. We visited him during the Christmas holiday, traveling throughout England and to Innsbruck. From Innsbruck I took a day trip to Venice. In 1990, I was selected to present “Chemical Reactions Significant to Color Dry Silver” at the 3M Information and Imaging Technologies Sector Fourth Annual Worldwide Conference in Interlaken, Switzerland. I arrived for the conference a week early, rented a car, and traveled through the northern portion of Italy. In 1994, I attended a conference to discuss dry silver technology with collaborators from Saint Paul, MN,  Harlow, England, and Novosibirsk, Russia. After the conference, I flew to Molde in Norway to visit with relatives living in Stavik. The cover of this book is a reflection of the landscape near Kristiansund, Norway.

I am now thinking about my next photo book, America, which will include photos taken in the United States.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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4 Responses to Don’t Forget About Old Photos

  1. Mark, these photos are beautiful! I am sure the album is wonderful and even if your kids don’t appreciate it its a wonderful keepsake for you to look back on.

  2. minnesotatransplant says:

    Stunning photos. The black background was definitely the right choice.

  3. Cathylynn says:

    Congratulations! Looks like a wonderful, beautiful book. Your love of photos and the process shows in your work. Wish we could see the whole book. Please share your America book when completed.

  4. Mark Mizen says:

    The complete photo book is on Facebook so you can check it out there if you would like to.

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