A Collector of Ghosts

Posted by on October 15, 2010 at 8:48 am.

Guest post by Robert Fougere, 2010 Marathoner #02. Visit Raw Talent 2010: The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit THIS Saturday October 16th from 6 – 10pm  and check out his work!

I had been shooting my own photos and making my own black and white prints for a year or two when I started to look through the bins of found photos at flea markets as sources of inspiration. Let me tell you, I have spent many happy useful hours! But, a whole new world opened up to me when a friend that runs a second-hand shop on Main St gifted me a box of old negatives! Since then, I’ve been scouring junk shops, garage sales and even e-bay for interesting and wonderful vintage photo negatives. Not only that, but I’ve been putting them to good use making prints, sometimes real big ones from the best of ’em.

My collection has grown to include such fantastic negatives including: a snapshot of a young Queen Elizabeth, a portrait of Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, some amazing photos from the archives of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, and even a photo of the premier supermodel, “Twiggy.” Not only that, but my collection also includes photos of unknown models/housewives as shot by famous photographers Serge Jaques and Elmer Batters.

I never considered myself a history buff, but to hold in ones hand such magnificent and beautiful and interesting pieces of history, shot as it happens, has on more than one occasion sent me packing to the library to see what other information I can discover regarding a certain piece of photographic history.

Shoot film my friends, even if for no other reason than your photos will last a lot longer than a digital file!

A group exhibit that includes a few of my found photos opens tonight:

An Exhibition of Appropriated, Altered, and Re-Photographed Found Images
Opening night: Friday October 15th, 2010 at 8:00 PM
Lion’s Den
79 East Pender St, Vancouver
$5 at the door

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For more information about Robert, visit his site at www.thesuitcasegallery.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Suitcase-Gallery

Thank you Robert, for sharing your experience with us. For you readers out there, if you’ve got a story to share about your adventures in photography (and film in particular), drop us a line!

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