Scanning the Past - In Black and White
Film and Slide Converter
In the digital age it seemed film and slides got left behind, but this is no longer true. A film and slide scanner can salvage those forgotten images from the past and convert them easily into digital.
I bought the cheapest scanner I could find just to try it out, and I wasn't disappointed. The Innovative Technology film and slide converter is a USB connect device for PCs (unfortunately is not MAC compatible). I paid 59.99 Canadian for the bare bones model and it does everything I need, scans, displays, and saves the image to my picture files. The resolution is high too, so I get a good quality print. Enough said. The rest of this page is a photo gallery of some long lost negatives I dug up from my archives.
About the images
The year was 1974. I had recently graduated from high school and was moving back and forth from the small town I gew up in to the big city of Vancouver for my first year Arts classes at the University of British Columbia. I fancied myself an artist and a photographer even though I knew very little about either.
On the right is Bongo and Cecilea a local couple who had recently married and were happy to get a copy of this photo.
Cecilia told me she gave it to her mother as a keepsake. The photo is haunting to to me because it is the first time I've seen it since it was taken 38 years ago, and because, sadly, both have since passed away.
Me in one of my Yoko Ono moments.
I wasn't sure if I should include this as it is not technically black and white, but it is from the same time period so I did.
Below is a scene from the Pine meadows along the Cape Scott Trail on northern Vancouver Island.
The trail follows the old wagon road that early settlers built.
In stark contrast, below is a shot of the University of British Columbia campus.
The low flat building is the Student Union Building where I spent most of my time goofing off. Behind that is a development of 'high-rise' apartment buildings, and further behind is the Old Armoury building (if I remember right). Background is the cloud covered north shore mountains.
Getting 'artsy' below, a hallway and patterned curtains enclosing study cubicles in the Astro/Physics building at UBC.
Unfortunately I wasn't studying here. I was waiting for a friend.
The photo on the right is pretty self-explanatory, an emergency fire alarm box and fire hose with the sillouette of my head at the bottom.
I am really pleased with the high resolution images created with the scanner.
On the right, roof tops of buildings create a lot of zigzag lines when viewed from high above.
On the top left hand corner of the photo you can see a figure walking on the sidewalk far below.
Bare trees were always interesting subjects.
I have more of these saved for my Scanning the Past - in Color Hub.