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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Relative Pitch: 1971

Relative Pitch: 1971

Section 25B. The Tripod. Make note of any slope or other surface irregularity and adjust tripod legs to compensate. Be especially aware of this when setting up self-timer shots, because ...

Well, you get the picture. We're on the garage driveway in August 1971: my brother, his wife, my mother, father and me. You may recall the locale and brother and sister-in-law's garb from another shot the same day. It's gotta be a Sunday or some other special occasion from the way we're all dolled up. Maybe we're going out to celebrate either Mother's or my birthday. Father, on the other hand, is here only four years older than I am now. My Kodachrome slide.

Fashionistas!

I always enjoy pictures of your brother and sister-in-law. They totally rocked that '70s look!

Sister in law.

She just never fit in with the rest of the family.

Lean on me

This appears to have been taken at the Oregon Vortex or maybe the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.

A True Sign of Genius

Your slant on things is always fun tterrace.

Ah, polyester.

I wager there's not a natural fiber in that photo. Charming all the same.

It's all in the posing

If tterrace had stood next to his brother, and everyone made a little turn to the left, this would have lined-up quite nicely! I think anyway. (Gasp) Is that a pack o'smokes in tter's pocket?

It depends

on your point of view. They're actually leaning right!

Were you all villains on Batman?

Your photo looks to have been shot at a Dutch angle.

Don't worry about the tripod

Crop it square and you've got an album cover.

I knew it.

Typical left-leaning Californians.

Sorry, no Photoshop in 1971

But there is today. Straightens out nicely. Good looking group either way!

Great Shot

I always love when you post these pictures of your family from the '60s and '70s (when I came of age). Your sister in law seems very intriguing. She seems to disappear from the set though some time in the '80s. I am extremely curious as to what happened to her. I hope I'm not treading on delicate territory here.

 
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