Same Moment 35 Years Apart

man with milk can on back riding a bicycle
never-ending journey uphill

I was looking for photos in my stash that might be used to build the Freight Collective webpage. For as many times as we’ve moved and driven cross country, I was sure I had some photos of vans filled with boxes or convoys of 18 wheelers. Instead, I ran across this. It is a scan of a slide my grandpa took in the 1970’s when he and my grandma toured (West) Germany and Austria. At first I thought, “This dear man has been pedaling uphill for 35 years and he’s not even breaking a sweat.” But then I looked closer and saw what appears to be an exhaust pipe. Could this be a moped? Or a bicycle converted into a motorcycle? My grandpa was always one for a good invention. This image, preserved from a stack of crumbling slides, allowed me to share an experience with him. Asynchronously, but still. I can hear him tell me a story through this image. And that’s a pretty neat trick considering he’s been gone for 15 years.

photo © 1974  A.C. White, taken in Lauterbrunnen


Facebook is Good for Something

my pearl

My daughter asked me to show her how to grab a picture off Google Images tonight to use as her Facebook profile picture. I refused. Then we had a little chat about copyright. Followed by a little stroll through my personal cache of photographs.

And something amazing happened: she latched on to one and asked me to show her how to do “that program where you fix stuff” (i.e. Lightroom). She’s a quick learner and has a great eye. Within 5 minutes, she turned a well-composed-but-flat image into the dreamy image above.

I’m one proud mom tonight:-)

P.S. This photo was taken on the beach in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on a foggy July day.