A few weeks ago I ran an image from high school of the Photo-Service Club right out of the yearbook. I recently found a yearbook from a year or so earlier. It's Throwback Thursday, but it's not the fifty-year-old shot of me I wanted to share, but the fact that "Rifle Club" was in existence at the time. I don't remember the school even having a gun club, but it does look a little like a group from a bad remake of the 1984 version of Red Dawn.
Three more things that are fun to share. First, Mr Stanley, the photography advisor, although retired is very much still around, and I had lunch with him a couple of years ago. I never anticipated a career in photography, but Mr. Stanley was certainly an inspiration. Along with Mr. Burris, the art teacher, they were responsible for my first published images, which appeared in the yearbook, newsletter and on posters for school events.
The second thing that's a kick is Adolph Luhta, the fourth one in on the bottom row. He's a passionate photographer today and always has a camera with him at every reunion. Plus, he follows just about everything I share on Facebook and it's fun to have roots like this that go back to both of our early images.
Last on the list, we were all shooting black and white, and the school had a small darkroom with two or three enlargers. Everything I photographed became part of a collage on the wall of my room. Sadly, because I was always rushing the process, I had the biggest collection of yellow toned black and whites. I was always in a hurry!
So, it's Throwback Thursday - take the time to find at least one old image and appreciate just how far technology and your creativity have brought you.
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