Hilary & A Gray Card At The ManhattanMonday, November 17, 2014
|Hilary Waterhouse-Hayward, 6, UBC - Marine Drive 1977
One of the toughest jobs, one that I can do only on my own is to file my photographs and negatives. Some of them defy filing unless I had an easy to install computer cross-referencing program.
As an example I found an envelope that said ferry from Saltspring, Noblex, May 2013. I took these pictures using my swivel lens panoramic camera which produces very wide images 2¾ x 7 inches in size. I finally decided to file them under an existing folder labelled BC Ferries. I asked Rosemary, “When I am dead will you know where to look? BC, or British or ferry?”
All this comes to mind in the heels of the death of Pat Quinn who had an accelerated heart rhythm like yours truly and was one year younger that I was.
On a more positive approach I found a negative sleeve with colour negatives that I took in 1977. At the time I was attempting to learn how to print colour negatives. In order to print them, one of the better methods was to have Kodak gray card in one of the exposures as a reference. The idea was to print that negative and make the gray in the card gray. Then colours such as flesh tones (always tricky) would fall into place. The problem with these particular negatives is that the film stock (colour negative) similar to motion picture film stock is highly unstable with time. Since these negatives are 37 years old there are shifts in the different layers of the negative. You might note that in the shadows my 6 year-old daughter Hilary’s limbs are purple. To make them less so I must add yellow. But if I add yellow… Compounding the problem, the light in the shade of the Manhattan Apartments on Thurlow and Robson was blue (shade is almost always blue) or that the light in Stanley park in the fall was a mixture of green and yellow.
In spite of it all I like these pictures and here they are for anybody to enjoy.
The Manhattan had yet to be “restored” or “fixed up”. Inside most of the apartments were in perfect disrepair. And yet I believe that when the building was indeed renovated some of the additions destroyed its look. The photographs of Hilary there suffer a bit from the fact that I was, at the time, fiddling with a new 28mm wide angle.
|Hilary in Stanley Park
|Alexandra, Gaticuchi & Hilary