Well, TrekEarth has been going now for a whole ten years and Adam is to be congratulated for introducing a wonderful website where so many of us can not only share our photographs and experiences and learn from others but, most of all, make new friends who share a common interest. Long may TE continue!
Ten years is quite a long time but, oh, how times change during our own short lifetimes!
I thought I would have a look through some of my old colour slides this morning and I came up with this one which certainly shows how times have changed since I took it forty-two years ago in 1970. I must apologise for its rather poor quality as it's been sitting in my loft for a long time: it was taken on Agfa CT 18 colour slide film with my old Edixa Prismat, a totally manual SLR built like a brick, which I still have (and which still works).
Some of you may have seen some of my East Greenland photographs from the summer of 1970. Well, unfortunately, due to bad weather over Greenland, our little university expedition group was delayed in Iceland on our way there for three days and had to find somewhere to stay. We did, of course, have all our camping equipment with us but had nowhere to camp.
Now, can you imagine what happened next? Unbelievable nowadays. The airport authorities happily allowed us to camp under cover at the airport in an aeroplane hangar! So there, surrounded by small 'planes, barrels of oil and fuel, we happily spent the next three nights in our sleeping bags and merrily cooked our rations on our little paraffin Primus stoves. And in the daytime we simply wandered in and out of the airport, toured the local area and spent the evenings in the local bars. Can you possibly imagine that sort of thing being allowed in an international airport nowadays? I don't actually think we knew then what terrorists were.
The picture shows some of our little group of fourteen in the hangar beside a couple of small 'planes, no doubt getting ready to have something to eat.
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maloutim (9639) 2012-10-04 6:15
You did well with that old slide. Wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't one of the oldest on TE !
I think your idea of posting this for the Anniversary goes well with the history of photography : How it reminds us that times change indeed, not always for the better unfortunately !
Well, those were the days ! And long live the days to come , on TE especially !
Thanks for sharing.
CLODO (33878) 2012-10-04 7:49
hats off John for this oldie!
The quality is not so bad, and it's a good anniversary picture for the 10th year of existence of TE. Times have changed a lot in 40 years, don't know what it will be in 40 years more (I won't be there to check!).
saxo042 (37794) 2012-10-04 7:54
This is indeed a very old picture but not the oldest on old TE (I have one from 1958...). But this is much better than mine, of course, as there is a story told here. The yellow plan dominates the picture and the persons around are all in dark colours, hardly visible. They all seem to take part of the action, except the on-looker to the left... Your note is also very enjoyable!
mesutilgim (94062) 2012-10-04 13:15
Nice capture, nice dedication to this very special day !
A perfect TE entry with many interesting notes. Almost like a scientific paper !
TFS and best regards.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-10-04 14:40
Fascinating story to go along with this old shot, John. While the file quality may not be as optimal as a modern digital shot might be, I see that even 40 years ago you had a keen eye for illustrative light. I really like how the sun through the windows lights up the plane itself, but gives us the people in profile, making them almost glow. The lines in the window and concrete guide the eye nicely as well. Thanks for sharing this!
delpeoples (57266) 2012-10-04 22:25
What a thoughtful way to celebrate TE's 10th birthday. I love these older shots (I daren't say "old" as I was born when this was taken). The first thing that hits me about this photo, as alluded to in your note, and that's the simplicity of life then. The photo exudes it. The second thing I'm struck by is how dam* small that plane is for 14 - or even for 1. And the third thing that strikes me is how hard you've been on yourself with the quality of it. I see nothing wrong with the quality at all and the bluish caste really appeals to me and gives the image a time (as opposed to making it timeless). To me it looks like an excellent shot from the 70s. Have you taken the old Prismat out for a run lately? I'd love to see what it produces and then a WS with what the 5D makes of the situation. Just curious. I saw your discussion with Marie-Louise and Gert about old photos. Have you seen any of Mesut's (mesutilgim's 60's photos? I love them. Here's and example from 1963: http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Turkey/photo1347292.htm
Anyway, happy birthday to TE, thanks for your photo and thanks to TE for your friendship
annjackman (21813) 2012-10-04 22:38
This looks and sounds quite an adventure! How good that you looked through your old slide collection - a job that I still need to do. The lovely yellow plane makes a super focal point so that the quality of the scan is less important. An unusual subject and a great note. A very strange place to camp - the floor looks hard!
Best wishes, Ann
bayno (18344) 2012-10-05 0:14
a situation really unusual and unthinkable today, the photo is still a great choice for the anniversary of 10 years of TE, although the quality is not the best the picture is fascinating and with a nice framing...the light was very difficult...i notice was 5:46 o'clock...and for shure very cold ;)
chrisvek (7001) 2012-10-05 3:30
Your shoot is very special for the 10 years of Trek Earth.Great composition and o unique atmosphere.Great framework too.Very nice job.
Have a nice day
macjake (66704) 2012-10-05 4:13
Now this one is great!
I had no idea it was TE's anniversary....how did you even KNOW that! lol
were you here from day one? do you know any popular member still active today from day one?
as for the photo...its a 10 out of 10.
when a story as good as this one accompanies the shot, its certainly a 10 our of 10.
you're exactly right, can you IMAGINE this happening today! wow...not a chance in hell.
and as for the plane, it looks so small, looks like a toy version i'd be setting up in my garage on my days off from work as a hobby lol
and i agree with Lisa's comments, lets see you take that old camera out again and give it a whirl!
awesome photo and story combination!
jester5 (2024) 2012-10-05 4:20
Good choice for TE's anniversary John.As for quality I hope mine look as good as this in 10 years time.Very good perspective,nice balance of colour and an interesting subject with an excellent note too.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-05 4:46
fascinating shot, ahh! happy times eh! My slide film shots do not go back as far as yours, but my memory does. My first SLR was a Petri-TTL which I traded in for a Konica T3 and then a T4, which I still have and it still works, but it takes 6 little batteries that cost a fortune nowadays!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Silvio1953 (140033) 2012-10-05 9:26
Ciao John, nostalgic view of old airplane in a great scan of very old photo, great quality, nice composition with a lot of people, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ourania (43696) 2012-10-06 10:18
I like very much this picture and this scene from many years ago. Depth and perspective are excellent, the place and circumstances look very interesting. I love the atmosphere, the vividness and the luck of formality, each person having a different posture and doing a different thing. The ample space on the foreground gives us the feeling of standing in the hangar observing discreetly the scene evolving before our eyes from a distance. The contrast of the yellow with the other colder and darker colours is marvellous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
ktanska (27268) 2012-10-08 5:09
Without it's context that might be a present day picture of some aviation club. But certainly a random group of travellers would not have a chance nowadays, especially in a NATO country. This January I was surprised when there was no security check for a domestic flight between islands of Cape Verde.
I like the colours, they show ageing but don't look bad at all.
Glint (6171) 2012-10-09 8:06
Interesting note and this is certainly a good contribution to TEs anniversary. I like the way the bright little plane stands out in the hanga The backlight has created a slightly otherwordly atmosphere showing the figures almost in painterly outline. I like the effect.
notrap (6133) 2012-10-19 12:11
Iīm a great fan of old photos, which should not be forgotten in the archives (or shoe boxes), and this one shows what kind of intresting, exciting life you led. Remembering my life back in the seventies: nothing of interest, no spectacular photos.
The Agfa CT 18 is well known to me, I always used it, because it was cheaper than the Kodak films, but unfortunately the quality is not what we nowadays like. Most of the old slides didnīt become better through the years.
I tried a workshop on your photo and hope you like it.
Have a nice weekend,
mkamionka (35608) 2016-01-31 12:51
this picture is older than I am :)
It is incredible to realize that you were already traveling to such exciting destinations and taking great photos and I wasn't even born! This gives you a bit of a head start, so your photos are clearly so much better!
Very interesting reportage. Not only you have camped in the airport but also having a shotgun with you.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (24076)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1970-07-00
- Categories: Transportation, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Edixa Prismat, A. Schacht Travenar-A f/2.8 / 50mm
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Anniversary 10 years of TE- October 2012 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-04 5:46