I have been going through my old archives from a PC that died many years ago. The images had been backed up on Lacie hard disc which also crashed, and they were eventually recovered by a tech specialist. The 13,000 images are all jumbled up, there are many repetitions, others are jpegs, whilst large numbers are corrupted and so useless.
This is one rescued image from along the coast west of Petrel Cove, and it was made around 2008 when Suzanne and I were coming down to Encounter Bay for the weekends. We were living in Adelaide’s CBD then, and we were both working full time.
My reason for returning to these archives is to see the images that I have made around the River Murray since 2008. I wanted to see the relevance of these archival images for the proposed Our Waters project with Lars Heldmann.
The granite + lichen image was made using 120 Kodak film, which was developed and scanned by Atkins Photo Lab. I did not own a scanner then, nor a digital camera, nor Lightroom. Instagram had not been launched. The iPhone had been launched the previous year. By 2009 Facebook was already on a roll to becoming the most popular global social platform structured around ads to rack in the cash.
I was still in the process of finding my digital feet after my return to photography. I was publishing the images on the still community orientated Flickr which had been acquired by Yahoo 3-4 years earlier.
All this now seems so long ago, even though it is just 10 years. I guess that is a long time in tech terms. Now I am looking for a way to avoid Adobe’s subscription model for Lightroom:–Luminar or Affinity Photo look to offer the best options at this stage.
I was attracted by the natural beauty of the coastal granite along the foreshore of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. I thought it to be unrecognised and to offer lots of photographic possibilities. That lack of recognition has changed over the last decade, judging by the October long weekend.