8mm – January 6, 2018
A couple of Christmases ago, my parents left me with an old Bell & Howe projector and a bunch of “cans”. It was nostalgic but I really never even touched it. That is until a week ago. I was bored, it was below 0 outside, and lying on the couch was getting unappealing. I glanced over and saw the projector, so I decided, why not?, and set it up. I did my best, but I had to goto you tube which became my savior. I went to grab the cans, just to see if it still works. The cans were awesome. Dating back to 1961, they were all titled with events. I went to a can that I though my dad and his dad (whom I never met), would be caught on film. The one I chose then didn’t. So I decided to try again today (I needed a subject for today and am not feeling the best, so….) This time I hit gold. It was very surreal. Actually seeing family in 1961. The cars, the shops, pretty much everything on film was authentic. That was until I found out (the hard way) that there was a short in the cord. It was just a little shocking. I did not get a photo while it worked. Was a little to mesmerized. So I composed this shot. One I think captures a lot. I am just not sure if I like how the cans lead to the projector. Thoughts? By the way, any electricians out there? I think it did more to a fuse and probably should get it checked out!