I shot this picture in the summer of 1989, using a Canon film camera borrowed from a relative. A quarter of century ago, photographic paper, film and chemical were expensive that I can only afford to print one copy and gave a way to the people in picture – not a second copy for myself.
I left the country the following year. Last week, the photo found its way to reach me, and I was glad to scan it to compare with today digital technology.
You can conclude that this shot is nothing, but for me, it helps bring me back to time when having a camera in hands can be sentenced to prison because the Communist government considered photo equipment is the tool for the spy to capture the reality of life to publish in the free world.
Today in different. The government is the first to rush toward the American for their high-tech and strength and abundance.
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Hillo (30) 2014-03-26 3:58
I wouldn't say that this photo is nothing because it's an excellent photo with great story surrounding it. Even though it's an old photo from analogue era it has very good clarity and contrast. Dynamic range is also great, there's no loss of details in the highlights and shadows, everything is there. Love how the palm diagonally separates the photo into two even parts and creates balance. I would say that this is the photo with soul that today's digital cameras can't achieve.
worldcitizen (7119) 2014-03-29 11:06
Old photos, no matter whose they are, evoke emotion for me. I see the smiles on these people's faces, and wonder what the future held for them. It's a lovely family photo, and the scan is great. The photo is still vibrant and strong.
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8580)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1989-07-29
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon FT QL, Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8, 35mm negative
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Lang co, my youth village [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-25 17:52
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