Weekly Photo Challenge – RENEWAL
I just have to tell you the story behind these photos!
Late this summer I was invited to my aunt’s husbands 80-years party. I have to admit I wasn’t quite overwhelmed with joy over it. Don’t get me wrong, I love my aunt and her husband, they are very very kind and easy going people, but a 80-years party ( I thought..)….. Well…..
As I hate indoor photography I was hesitating about what camera to take, and how to do it, if doing it at all…
Well, I thought that IF I was to take a camera with me at all, it would be for doing something completely new. So I decided on my little Lomo LC-A with the nice Colorsplash flash and Kodak T-Max 100. The camera is syncronizing at the second curtain, so I thought that it could perhaps make some interesting images.
What I not in my wildest imagination had considered was that these folks was NOT just sitting still on a chair… hehe…
There was a liveband playing rock music, and these “oldies” were practically dancing with an energy I might have had when I was in my thirties. I and my cousins were the youngest people there and we were totally stunned, I promise you…
My 100 ISO film was not a good choise at all, I definitely would have needed 400 speed….
At the late evening when I was leaving, my aunt hugged me and said, – Oh, you just wait until next year when I turn 70, then we’ll have a PARTY!! 😀
I left, totally renewed, (never been happier being totally wrong,) and I think my indoors flash photos were quite good too…..
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Aawww, this is a delightful take on “renewal”. Such a wonderful story, and your photos capture all the movement and liveliness. I’m not surprised they danced so energetically — this is the generation that invented rock & roll, after all!
ISO 100 is always a challenge indoors — although we all still try it! 🙂 You did get some nice, lighthearted shots.
Thank you very much! For me it is a challenge just to photograph indoors at all, but I kinda like these too.
What made me really happy is that they loved the photos too. 🙂
ISO 100 for indoor photography is what I call being brave, but the first two pictures are uniquely gorgeous.
Thank you very much Steve! 🙂
I chose 100 because of the flash effect I wanted. I thought that 400 would propably be to fast and the shutter would close to quickly for the effect to show. This camera shutter just stays open until “enough” light has passed through, and then the flash goes of and freeze the moment. My guess, afterwards, is that 200 would have been the right choise. Well, learning is a good thing. 🙂 And I’m very happy because my aunt and her husband like the images a lot, they like them because they are so different.
Thanks again for your kind words! 🙂
Thanks for sharing these details, they were beyond my knowledge.
It truly is amazing, the energy these “old” folks can create 🙂 They might have a terrible hangover next day (judging by the one I have after that event and I’m muuuch younger), but they know life is precious and anything worth a party better be celebrated with style 🙂
And despite your “wrong” choice of film, I think the shots capture that spirit perfectly!
Thank you very much! 🙂
Yes, I and my cousins talked about if we ever gonna reach the age of 80 at all, and if if if, are we gonna be that healthy and vibrant?
Well, you have to seize each day and do not take life for granted, and try to be happy for little things in life…. 🙂
I’m not usually a great fan of ‘lomography’ but there are exceptions and this is one. It’s just right for the subject; I particularly like the first two. And I learned something – I didn’t realise the sync on the LC-A was ‘rear’ sync; I’ve never used flash on it. I must see if I can put it back together and get to to work to have a go at this.
Oh yes, you have to try it out, there can be fantastic effects with it, if you know what you are doing. I’m not good at this at all, actually this was my first try ever. Usually I hate flash light, and I’m useless with flashes (propably why I hate it… 😉 ) But this technic can give the most beautiful effects.
I would love to try it on a rainy night on a dark street with only the light from the street lights reflecting in the cobbles, and people hurrying forward, out of the rain … Imagine that! 🙂
Thanks a lot for your kind words!
What a wonderful way to characterize the them of ‘revival’ Old age doesn’t always mean lifeless, as your story points out. My grandmother was still mowing her own lawn at 90, I’ll never forget the shock I felt when I saw her doing it. She always felt it was such activities that kept her going.
My favorite image from this post is the one of the Gentleman holding the microphone and lifting his glass in a toast. He seems to sum up the party atmosphere quite well. Perhaps its he balloons (right?) on his tie?
I think your grandmother was absolutely right! Never stop doing those things.
My aunts husband, the gentleman in my photos, are still playing table tennis once a week, and his mates calls him “young boy”, they are older than him. They were at his party too, laughing and making jokes, and they gave him a new table tennis racket as birthday present. Still going strong. Wonderful! 🙂
Yes, he was very very happy this evening, and that made us all very happy.
Thank you very much Jeff for your kind words! 🙂
Some people never grow old 🙂 Wonderful interpretation and really lovely photos!
In the aspect of stagnate, I think that is our biggest enemy, and we all have to fight it, and if we succeed with that, growing old may not be so bad. It’s just our body that’s growing old, not our soul…..
Thank you very much Madhu. 🙂
What a beautiful collection! *sigh*
Thank you very very much! 🙂
Thank you very very much for your kind words, all the likes and for following! 🙂