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Another shot taken in my backyard in Chatham, New Jersey in 1962, looking south. The woods behind our house were at one time an old apple orchard, but now are completely wild. The ice really took a toll on things. This is 35mm photo, but before I could afford an SLR. Scan from the actual photograph. I was 14 at the time. View full size.
Another fascinating historical Kodachrome taken by my dad. Taken in May 1960, two years after the park opened and seven years before it closed forever, Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica, California was supposed to rival Disneyland (or so I am told). View full size.
Here is a picture of my grandfather taken in Binche (Belgium) in 1940. He's the one sitting on the front bumper of this 1939 Buick Special, with two of his friends behind. He was 19 at the time, and they had just been called to join the Belgian army, as dark clouds were quickly approaching.
The 1939 Buick Special was owned by a local wealthy taylor in Binche, which was at the time a thriving city specialized in clothes manufacturing. At the time, an American car was quite rare and a sure sign of wealthiness.
The Belgian army was defeated in 18 days, and my grandfather and his comrades fled to southern France. He almost went to England to continue the fight, but happened to be less than 30 miles from his fiancée, my future grandmother. So they went back together in Belgium, and went through the war unarmed, although he was regularly sought by the Germans to go and work in Germany. View full size.
I was 14 when I took this shot from our neighbor’s driveway looking toward our back yard on Rolling Hill Drive in Chatham, New Jersey in 1962. View full size.
I found this 35mm Kodachrome slide dated December, 1959 in a collection at a swap meet. View full size.
Anscochrome taken by my dad on another jaunt up the coast in late summer, 1959. View full size.
I made this photograph in 1956, when I was seventeen years old, using a Leica M3 double stroke with a collapsible 50mm f/2 Summicron and Kodachrome ASA 25 film metered with a Weston Master II. View full size.