http://philipchudy.com/galleries/HarareStreetPics (46 pictures)
‘Street pictures from prehistory’ or so it feels like. in more ways than one. For a start, the technology: A recently scanned but otherwise forgotten set of 2 rolls of 35mm black and white film.
For those who forget (or only ever shot digital), a roll contained 36 images – – meaning that 72 exposures were made for this collection. Not a bad hit rate really (for spontaneous grab shots), I feature 46 images.
Two events were covered – one some kind of procession with crowds lining the streets (I have no memory what it was) and the other – just an hour or so down town on a normal work day. At the time it would have been considered extravagant to blow a whole roll of film on one event.
Pro’s have always covered themselves by shooting extra but even amateurs don’t count exposures these days. Back in the day, processing labs routinely processed film which contained seasonal images for the first few frames and ended with the following years’s ones at the tail end.
The cost of film and processing influenced the process significantly. These negatives were processed in a timely manner but they were never printed. They languished for 45 years before receiving any attention from me.
I wont go into it now but politics formed a significant backdrop for all these images, shot as they were almost half way into UDI. Interestingly, I shared a few of these with a former school classmate recently. I was not in contact with him at the time. I would have assumed he was out of the country when the pictures were shot (all of us were scattered around the globe by then). Seeing thepicture below for the first time, he said “that is me in my company car”.
Although Renault’s such as that was were ten a penny I thought it an impossibly long shot. The plate is not readable on the web image. But after a bit of promting he remembered the registration number. Sure enough – later when I looked at the high resolution scan, it confirmed that it was the actual vehicle he was driving at the time.
It reminds me of ‘Crash’ the movie where we the audience get to see how close separate lives can get without the parties being aware of it