Even twenty years ago this classic moment would have been essentially lost as there was no easy or reasonable way to recover the lost detail.Without delving into the specifics, in short order with little effort, it was possible to rebuild what was completely lost and to enhance the rest. It’s almost like being able to return lost youth to a high school moment.
These two young men were smoking their cigarettes in the boys’ restroom at the local high school. If they could speak from the photograph, what would they say? Does it make you wonder what they did with their lives? Would they recognize their long ago selves?
It’s impossible to know for sure but the camera was quite possibly an Instamatic 110, a point and shoot camera with cartridge 35mm film introduced by Kodak in 1972. Suddenly loading and unloading a camera was much easier and the Instamatic was an immediate success. Its popularity opened new markets for the everyman photographer and paved the way for the first digital camera–also by Kodak–in 1975.
We live in the most amazing times. I use a lot of technology and never take it for granted. Yes, it requires staying on top of it: not just where the hardware is but whether the batteries are charged and you have the latest software and drivers. Technologies that were the products of someone else’s ambition and intellect make it possible for me to look the past in the eye. Thank you to all the innovators whose ideas give life more comfort, value and creative interest!