|Mexico City - 1969 - Photograph - Andrew Taylor|
Because I am 80 I think a lot of what I will eventually leave behind. Of late I have been putting lots of effort in what I call my family legacy. Because I have been a portrait photographer most of my life, I have been picking (for a while now) portraits that I want my two daughters and two granddaughters to keep.
In this 21st century not having a darkroom is not that much of a burden. I have printed in my former Kerrisdale darkroom many photographs, all archivaly done, and they are all framed with UV protection glass. Now I am printing with my Epson P700 recent photos and some that I may have overlooked from the past.
I cannot understand why so many of my peers show me pictures
on their phones but rarely anything on paper that I can hold in my hand. This perplexes me.
For this Christmas my gifts to my family will be properly printed and framed photographs and with duplicates for my two daughters. The photograph featured here is one of three taken by my eldest daughter’s godfather and my friend Andrew Taylor. He took these in 1969 in the botanical garden of the University of Mexico. The old colour negatives have deteriorated so it has been tough to properly colour correct them.
This Seagull frame is one from my big collection of frames (most are on our Chickering baby grand piano) that are now only offered on line. When I depart this world to my eventual oblivion one of my daughters will inherit it.
Meanwhile it will be up in my living room so I can show it off to my guests and for me to gaze and understand what a lucky man I have been to shared this lifetime (52 years is one) with my Rosemary.