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1963. Kodachrome

This photograph of snow on a fence in the winter made me think about making photographs in a different way. I was given some Kodachrome slide film for my birthday in January 1963. This was the year of the big freeze, with tons of snow and freezing weather over many weeks, very exciting. I borrowed my dad's 35mm Ilford Sportsman camera and wandered off to try and make something out of where I lived in Roehampton. This was was the first time I had used colour slide film, my uncle told me to be careful to select the right lens opening and speed of shutter for a cloudy or sunny day. Lines of snow making patterns on a fence caught my eye and the hazy sun behind felt nice and wintery and warming. I decided to set the camera to make the picture even though I thought the sun may be too bright and the snow and fence too dark. A week later the 24 slides arrived back. My dad helped me set up his Hanimex projector for a family slideshow. The pictures were huge on the screen, but it meant we looked at them for longer and talked about them together. It was a different experience from showing my little 3 inch square B&W prints, usually to just one person at a time. The slideshow had a sense of occasion about it, but the picture that caught people's attention was this one, of a fence, some snow and the hazy winter sun. The experience encouraged me to begin saving for my own camera and, and, even though I wasn't particularly conscious of it at the time, to begin thinking about photography in a another way.

Kodachrome, 1963

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