My apologies for the quality of both these Throwback images, but the scratches on these old photographs are the result of them being tucked away in an album for a whole lot of years!
I try hard to feature images from my past in the industry, but every now and then there's a classic family shot that deserves to be shared. The image on the right is of my Mom and Dad. On the back my mother wrote "March, 6 months pregnant." She's pregnant with me at this point. I also love the shadow of the photographer that shares part of the spotlight. Remember the one rule of thumb in those days was ALWAYS have your subject facing the sun.
In addition to the images themselves, the way my mother cherished every photograph was wonderful. The album is an old wooden album with their names in raised black letters on the front. The pages are all black and she used those lick and stick corners to hold in the prints. She wrote on the back of every image with dates and descriptions.
Things have changed so much, but remember how long ago this is. Every image, be it good or bad was saved. She never threw out a photograph, because each one was truly magical. Every image was captured on film and was special. In addition, every photograph is of family and friends. I have yet to find any early prints without people in them. It was essentially considered a waste of film to take pictures of anything but people.
There's always a point to Throwback Thursday and in this case it's the never-ending reminder about the importance of photographs. My Mom passed away over two years ago and Dad is headed to 93 at the end of this month. These images bring back so many memories. They put an intense smile on his face that even today's technology could never truly capture.
So, it's Throwback Thursday. Take a few minutes to search through some of your old images.
Note: The image of the camera was found on Pinterest from etsy.com.
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