The first photograph I remember seeing is one of me and my grandad in his old wooden greenhouse, midsummer, surrounded by tomatoes.
I must have been about three or four, and in my memory the tomato plants are bursting out of the windows in all directions, heavy with large ripe red juicy tomatoes. I was in little blue dungarees, with red buttons that seemed to perfectly match the tomatoes.
I think I remember the image because he and my nan had it on display in their house in a little gold frame for years, so it’s probably not the first photograph I ever saw, but the earliest one that made a lasting impression.
The first photograph I remember making myself I thought at first was with my Holga, my first film camera given as a birthday present in 2012.
Just getting anything out of it felt like a miracle, being the ultra simple flimsy black hollow hunk of plastic it is!
This is the oldest I have in my Flickr, and though taken in 2012, it still looks like it was made in the fifties, or even earlier. It looks considerably older than the picture of me and granddad in the greenhouse!
Then I remembered that a former girlfriend and I had bought a Polaroid together probably around 2000, to try to make some artistic portraits.
I don’t have any of these left, they went out with a wealth of other stuff when we separated, though I remember some of the images.
Also, a few years back, I came across some other images I made with the same person, but obviously on some kind of SLR. I can’t remember what happened to those images now, only where they were taken.
They were clearly prints made from (black and white) film, and given the depth of field could only have really been with an SLR. But I have no recollection at all of making them, strangely. (I have an incredibly good memory for some things, and other entire passages from my past seem entirely erased.)
Far longer ago than this, I have a vague recollection of playing with my nan’s old Kodaks in the late 70s and early 80s when I was very young.
She had those Kodak 110 film cameras where the top half flipped open and down to make a handle. Something similar to this Kodak Ektra. So the first photograph I actually made was mostly like with one of those.
What’s the first photograph you remember – taken by anyone, and taken by you?
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