The Fall of 1982

Spooky TreeI think this is somewhere near Gateway Regional High School late in 1982. I shot this for a photo elective course I was required to take as an illustration major at the Philadelphia College of Art. I think the skeletal quality of the leafless tree appealed to me so I dedicated a frame of Pan-X negative film to it many moons ago.

I fiddled around with what I thought was a lackluster image and I got this satisfying image with a bit of digital sleight of hand. I’ve made an antique photo look even older!


The Photo Elective

Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.

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2 Responses to The Fall of 1982

  1. John says:

    Joe, photograph the alphabet in everyday objects, that was one of Tom Porets assignments

  2. willceau says:

    Oh, yeah! I forgot about that! That would explain some of the negatives I haven’t bothered scanning.

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