From The Archives, 1979: Flatbush Avenue Dog

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From The Archives, 1980: Cape Broyle, Newfoundland

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From The Archives, 1985: South Dakota Valley

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From The Archives, 1980: A Shadow Across Prospect Park West

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From The Archives, 1993: Carpet Kitten

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From The Archives, 1985: The Badlands

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From The Archives, 1980: Newfoundland Blockhouse

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From The Archives, 1983: Mayor Ed Koch

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From The Archives, 1979: Truck Nap

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From The Archives, 1980: Portrait of Tom Stewart in SoHo

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From The Archives, Circa 1980: Lucky Shoes

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From The Archives, 1981: Urban Dragon

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From The Archives, Circa 1978: The Flower District

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From The Archives, 1980: Cape Broyle, Newfoundland

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From The Archives, 1980: Cleaning The Catch

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From The Archives, 1981: County Chairman Vince Albano

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Fun Fact: Vince was the brother of John Albano, creator of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex.

From The Archives, 1985: Staring Into The Abyss

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From The Archives, Circa 1992: Peekaboo Kitty

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From The Archives, 1983: Mayor Ed Koch

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From The Archives, 1980: Bokeh On The Lake

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From The Archives, 1980: Appointment With An Old Friend

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From The Archives, Circa 1978: You Like Pie?

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From The Archives, 1980: Cape Broyle Dusk

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From The Archives, 1980: Foal And Mare

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From The Archives, Circa 1979: Moon Over Coney Island

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From The Archives, 1980: Abandoned In Newfoundland

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From The Archives, 1980: The Brooklyn Waterfront & Manhattan Skyline

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From The Archives, Circa 1978: Subway Scenes

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From The Archives, 1985: Bare Tree In South Dakota

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From The Archives, Circa 1981: Pressmen

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I haven’t done much new photography during the pandemic, so I recently started scanning old 35mm slides and negatives from my archives. These photos were taken from the late 1970s through 1996, when I switched to digital cameras. I haven’t seen most of these images since I shot them, decades ago.

These were taken with an Olympus OM-1N camera (https://www.imagingpixel.com/p/olympus-om-1n.html)  and a 50mm 1.4 lens. I generally shot Kodachrome 25 and 64, or Plus-X, Tri-X and Agfa Superpan film. Photoshop has enabled me to restore most of the better shots; there are lots of scratches and dust. Some of the slides and negatives need a lot of work.

I don’t miss film at all; digital is easier to use, faster to access your images with, and is much better in low light. Plus, software can mimic any film stock ever made. And don’t get me started on yesterday’s manual focus cameras — Photoshop and high pass sharpening can do only so much when your manual focus was as bad as mine.

I’ll post images From The Archives about once a week while they last. I hope you enjoy them. And I look forward to civilization returning to normal so I can start shooting on a regular basis again.