Recently found access to an Epson V700 photographic scanner in a pleasant environment – so I’ve been scanning as much as I can. I have a box of Kodachrome slides donated by my first employers at Japan Camera Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia (thank you, Bill!).
At that time I was 16 and this was my first job. I pestered the staff by hanging around often and reading issues of “The Photo”.
After scoring the job a stranger approached me to sell his Rolleiflex E for $110. I bought it and still have that machine today.
The Rolleiflex and the Pentax ME (and various lenses) came with me on my high school’s trip to The Gambia, West Africa. My employer asked if there’s anything they can contribute. I eyed the bin of 24 ASA Kodachrome and asked for 25 rolls. The store donated me 20 rolls. I was in heaven!
Of course, 25 ASA didn’t work as well for indoor shots, but there was no shortage of film. I purchased rolls of 120 for the Rolleiflex and off I went on my first trip out of the country – to The Gambia, West Africa.
We as students were in the best care of Burris Devanney and the Nova Scotia Gambia Association, which still is active to this day.
Here is a selection of scans from what was a transformative trip for me.