Archival Pix, Part 1

“Point & click” is photography, no? Is that enough for “art”? My yes & no answer explains why I haven’t done much with lens or developing or photoshop, or maybe I’m just lazy? Perhaps a more interesting topic is how photography changed society’s (societies’?) ideas about – and manifestations of – art?

In any case, over the years I’ve taken a lot of pix and I’ve tried to artful about it. In fact, I’ve been hauling around crates of photo albums full of what I thought were cool shots. At the same time, when I find someone’s precious photo album orphaned in a thrift store, I question the practice. Then last year, we had the fires…

So now, perhaps in an anticipation of another evacuation, perhaps in anticipation of future estate sales, perhaps as an excuse to take another nostalgia tour, I’m digitizing some of them in a series of archival posts starting here. BTW, digitizing is a fancy word for taking a picture of a picture, most of the time without even removing the plastic cover (which is why some have glare, waves, or shadowy images superimposed on the original).

As I run through these crates, these albums, I’m neglecting many pix that had a certain aesthetic appeal to me. Sadly, many pix of nature, flowers, buildings, cars, old scraggily stuff, odd juxtapositions, pieces of wood, metal, glass, history, culture, etc. are not making the cut. Some are better, nicely arranged I may say, in my albums, analog. The pix I’ve picked (pict?) are of people, usually ones I know and love, still aspiring to a smidgin of artistickiness!

As ever, I’ll comment ahead of time, caption the batch as it were. Thank you in advance for your patience & persistence. First up, Europe 1973. Of course, Dad did the soundtracked slideshow (which Jered lovingly digitized a few years back!), but here are some of my pix taken with a little Kodak (the kind with “flashcubes”). Highlights include Nancy in her little red riding hood, Dacres, my mates from Priory Lower, Dad mugging, Versailles, etc…

This next batch has miscellaneous family fun at various locations, Neil Charkow astrally projecting, Nancy becoming a prominent theme, some skiing at Mammoth, Ron & Dad riffing, and one of my favorite pix with Grandma G…

This next delightful collection is all Joanne Vail (aka Mom) frolicking in her backyard, dancing around, and showing off her lovely flowers…

Here, we start off with Elton John at Dodger Stadium (note sequined uniform), one shot of Joe Jackson in Bordeaux, and the Circle Jerks. Then, a very few from my cross-country trip with Ron E. in ’82. (The weirder water shot is in Strawberry Creek in Idyllwild.) Then, a bunch from various trips to Montana (lots wood choppin’ & fishin’). Ron & I lived in Venice for part of summer ’84. Some of my first students at Hamilton High. Nancy & I did another cross-country trip in (the late ’80’s?), and there are more family pix. Noteworthy inclusions: Livonia Clark, the Saab, Grandma G groovin’, and way back to when we first moved into 1375 Tareyton Drive in 1970. Remember, this is “randomvail” so it can get very hodgy-podgy around here…

Another assemblage of miscellany, mostly family stuff. (Came back from Japan by now – that’ll be documented later.) Heather & Ron did something fun on my birthday one year! More Montana action (and a bit of Santa Monica). Note Takeshi Tajima, and more pix of the XC trip with Nancy…

This last batch (for this post) is even more Random! The art of water on the badminton court and the Royal Pines dump truck. My first outing as best man when John Thomason married Marie-Françoise. And a pic of Todd Miller, a neighborhood kid who died in the Junior Superbowl of Motocross. After cliff diving in La Jolla, you can find the Olympic teams of Greece & Togo (I hosted their welcoming parties), then some protest in LA. More of Hami, Samo, and my buddy Dan Leanse. (One shot has our friend Adam who tragically committed suicide.) There’s more, but the last one is of our grandfather Harold Vail with his sisters (I think?)…

I know, that seems like a lot, and it is an extended post. However, as mentioned, if you (my precious family or random strangers) go through the actual crated albums, there’s way more. Which pix have I NOT commented on…?

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