As I continue to edit and sort through my digital archiving of my grandfather’s photos the idea of creating a publication of his work is becoming more of a reality. While I do enjoy shooting portraits and other commercial photography this project carries a weight not felt with my other work. Although the restoration process can be tedious the sense of emotion that these photos emit are undeniable. I feel they would best be served in a physical medium with a professional finish. I have only taken on small scale and low budget publications so I am torn between what medium to base this in. If anyone reading this has suggestions for homemade analog publication I would appreciate you reaching out.
Recently I was able to finally get the equipment I needed to begin a lengthy project that has been on my mind for years. My grandfather was a photographer and also happened to travel a lot in the military and in his years after the military. As he and his wife grew older they began looking at moving closer to my mother in order to make elder care easier for us all. When packing up and moving out of his house he presented me with nearly 1000 glass slides he had created of various 35mm photos he had taken beginning sometime in the early 50’s. The slides have accumulated all sorts of physical artifacts over the years and will take a lot to be digitally cleaned. I am lucky enough to still have them both around and hope to at least get a least a few prints to them before the end of the month when we are celebrating his 90th birthday. See below for a self-portrait of my grandfather taken in Vienna around the year of 1955.