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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Birthday Party

Looking through old family photos for my mother's electronic photo frame, I found an uncut roll of processsed Ilford HP3 film which contained several un-printed gems, such as these two of my sister's 5th birthday. This is what prompted Unintended Masterpieces: most  families must have at least one good photo worth sharing.
Party game in the back garden, 1965 © P.W. Smallfield 2013

Birthday present, 1965 © P.W. Smallfield 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Auckland Zoo

Brendon meets a giraffe, 1973 © Elsie-May Dowling 2013

Summer Holidays, West Auckland

These photos of the Taylor children were taken at Laingholm on Auckland's Manukau Harbour, in the 1950s.

Fishing at Laingholm, 1951 © Douglas Taylor Estate 2013

Mud, mud, glorious mud, Laingholm, 1951  © Douglas Taylor Estate 2013

Sitting on the bridge, Laingholm, 1953 © Douglas Taylor Estate 2013

The Television Age

I must thank Elsie-May for allowing me to use photos by her and her uncle, Douglas Taylor, to get this blog started.
Cousins engrossed in television, 1985 © Elsie-May Dowling 2013


Most bad photos are only mediocre - to achieve true awfulness harder than you'd think. 

Seeing this is my blog, I thought it appropriate to start with one of my own photos. This is my photo that most spectacularly went wrong. Fortunately, it crossed the line into farce (which almost lets me off the hook). I'm glad the self-timer fired too soon and rescued this photo from mediocrity.
Disaster, 2003 © Richard Smallfield 2013