Image of the Week for 09-01-14

Image of the Week for 09-01-14: 30 Years of Computing Ridiculousness
Celebrating 30 Years of Doing PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING

Photographic evidence showing me, taken at about this time 30 years ago, doing what I have been doing ever since then: mucking about on the damn computer and doing something artistic. Granted, the technology has improved considerably in the past three decades, as we no longer have to span our files across multiple floppy disks since our computers have no internal hard drive and only one floppy drive …

I applied a little bit of Photoschlop to this image, a Watercolor filter, just because I thought it looked a little groovy and to distinguish the image from the original image which will be posted this Friday as part of The Tri-X Files Season Two, Episode 2.

The Tri-X Files S2E01 Extra Shot: “Deducing the Dates” or “What’s Tanya Wearing?”

Note: Read Episode #1 before reading this!

Since I did not maintain careful logs regarding the dates of the photographs that I took in 1984 (and digital photographs with date and time stamps were several years away), it is not possible for me to accurately determine the dates that the photos featured in the first episode of The Tri-X Files, Season Two were taken.  What I do know is that these photos were taken sometime during the first week of school, August 20-24, 1984, and I know at what point in the day that they were taken.  Here are all of the photos from that first roll, in the order that they were taken, and the time of the day that they were taken.

Tri-X Files 84_19.01: Peggy at Lunch on the Deck
Lunch (between third and fourth period)
Tri-X Files 84_19.02: Tanya in the Hallway
Lunch (between third and fourth period)
Tri-X Files 84_19.03: Sarah, Tanya, and Mr. Stephens in Sixth Period Band
Sixth period Band
84_19.04: Donna and Tanya at "The Pit"
Not sure, but based on shadows it could be during lunch (between third and fourth period) or after school
84_19.05: The Scary Guy in the Back of the Room
Second period Spanish
84_19.06: Shy Shay and His Soda
Lunch (between third and fourth period)
84_19.07: Donna in Earth Science 84_19.08: Leah and Donna in Earth Science
Fifth period Earth Science
Tri-X Files 84_19.09: Here Comes the Queen Tri-X Files 84_19.10: Tanya and Shay Tri-X Files 84_19.11: Back from the Dry Cleaner's Tri-X Files 84_19.12: Band Section Leaders, Serious Version Tri-X Files 84_19.13: Band Section Leaders, Casual Version Tri-X Files 84_19.14: Sarah and Tanya Breakdance Tri-X Files 84_19.15: In the Corner with George, Lance and Ranjan
Sixth period Band
Tri-X Files 84_19.16: Everyone Wants to Hear the Drummer Play Tri-X Files 84_19.17: Eric Rises Tri-X Files 84_19.18: Shay in the Tree Tri-X Files 84_19.19: Meena and Heather in the Tree 84_19.20: Monkey Shay, Monkey Do
Sixth period Band
84_19.21: Ellen and Stacey in Spanish class
Second period Spanish

I am going to presume that the two batches of photos taken during sixth period Band were taken during two separate days due to the order that they appear on the roll, the similar settings, and the clothing worn by the subjects.

I can further subdivide these photos into four distinct days based solely on the nine photos that I took of Tanya and by separating them based on the outfit that she is wearing in these photos.

Day 1 Tri-X Files 84_19.02: Tanya in the Hallway Tri-X Files 84_19.03: Sarah, Tanya, and Mr. Stephens in Sixth Period Band
Day 2 84_19.04: Donna and Tanya at "The Pit"
Day 3 Tri-X Files 84_19.10: Tanya and Shay Tri-X Files 84_19.12: Band Section Leaders, Serious Version
Day 4 Tri-X Files 84_19.16: Everyone Wants to Hear the Drummer Play (That’s Tanya sitting in front of the bass drum)

Armed with the knowledge that the photos on this roll were taken over the span of at least four separate days as well as the times of the day that the photos were taken (the class periods), as well as my own personal habits towards picture taking, we can make some assumptions as to how these photos are grouped together:

Tri-X Files 84_19.01: Peggy at Lunch on the Deck Tri-X Files 84_19.02: Tanya in the Hallway Tri-X Files 84_19.03: Sarah, Tanya, and Mr. Stephens in Sixth Period Band These three photos were probably taken on the same day, the first day of school, August 20, 1984. I had just put a new roll of film in my camera and shot the first photo of Peggy during lunch, and then I probably went to the second floor of the high school wing to my locker, saw Tanya sitting outside her locker, and shot the second photo. And we know that the second and third photo were taken on the same day.
84_19.04: Donna and Tanya at "The Pit" This photo appears to be the only one taken on this particular day, for three reasons: (1) It was probably taken either during lunch or after school, (2) Tanya is wearing a different outfit than in the previous photo so it was not taken on the same day, and (3) The photo after this one was taken during second period and so it could not have been taken on the same day.
84_19.05: The Scary Guy in the Back of the Room 84_19.06: Shy Shay and His Soda 84_19.07: Donna in Earth Science 84_19.08: Leah and Donna in Earth Science Tri-X Files 84_19.09: Here Comes the Queen Tri-X Files 84_19.10: Tanya and Shay Tri-X Files 84_19.11: Back from the Dry Cleaner's Tri-X Files 84_19.12: Band Section Leaders, Serious Version Tri-X Files 84_19.13: Band Section Leaders, Casual Version Tri-X Files 84_19.14: Sarah and Tanya Breakdance Tri-X Files 84_19.15: In the Corner with George, Lance and Ranjan We know that the photos that were taken in band were all shot on the same day.  It is solely an assumption on my part that these were all taken on the same day due to their sequence on the roll: The first photo is from second period, the next is from lunch, the next two are from fifth period, and the rest are from sixth period.  I know that it is entirely possible that these were taken on separate days (other than the band ones, of course), but knowing my habits towards picture taking, if I had my camera with me that day, I was going to take pictures.
Tri-X Files 84_19.16: Everyone Wants to Hear the Drummer Play Tri-X Files 84_19.17: Eric Rises Tri-X Files 84_19.18: Shay in the Tree Tri-X Files 84_19.19: Meena and Heather in the Tree 84_19.20: Monkey Shay, Monkey Do There is no doubt that these photos were taken during band class on a separate day than the previous batch, simply due to the fact that two of the girls are wearing different clothing, and because I distinctly remember it as such.
84_19.21: Ellen and Stacey in Spanish class Obviously a different day because this was taken in second period Spanish class.

So now we have determined that these photos were taken on five separate days. We do not know with absolute certainty that these photos were taken in the span of five consecutive days and there is always the possibility that I might have skipped a day somewhere in there, but, as stated earlier, if I had film in my camera, then I was going to be taking pictures, and, based on all of my rolls that were taken in the previous year, a roll did not stay unexposed in my camera for very long.  It is based on these assumptions, and the fact that there is no other evidence to the contrary, that I am going to state that these photos were taken during the first five days of high school in 1984, August 20th through the 24th.


All of the photos from this roll can be found in this Flickr set.  As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

The Tri-X Files website.

All contents copyright © 2014 JLK Productions.

The Tri-X Files S2E01: August 20-24, 1984 (Roll 84_19)

In my four years of high school, I took a lot of photos: As a contributing photographer for the school newspaper, as the creator of the “Band Yearbook,” and as an obsessive historian. The majority of these photos were taken using Tri-X 400 speed black and white film, which I developed and printed in the school art room. Now, 30 years later, armed with a negative scanner, I am attempting to reproduce every single Tri-X photo that I took in my sophomore year high school, and to document the events surrounding those photos. This is Season Two of The Tri-X Files, presenting photos taken almost exactly to the day, 30 years ago.


Episode #1: “Re-focusing”

In stark contrast to my freshman year, I began my sophomore year with a purpose: To take photographs.

Tri-X Files Roll 84_19 proof sheet
In the previous school year, I had discovered the joy of shooting, developing and printing my own photographs from 400 speed Tri-X film that I obtained from art teacher Mrs. Isaacs (whose darkroom facilities I also plundered).  After initially taking and (shamefully) selling photographs, namely of certain females,  I had decided to make the High School Band the subject of my photographs, and I approached Band Director Mr. Stephens about creating a yearbook specifically dedicated to the activities of the band.  Being a member of that band, I always felt that they got less attention than other activities in the school in both the school newspaper and the yearbook, and I felt that I had the resources and the means to preserve the history of the band for that year.  Mr. Stephens had no objection, and from December of 1983 to May of 1984, I was there at every band event with my camera.  That year’s Band Yearbook was a massive success, but it wasn’t as complete as I wanted it to be, because I had started taking photographs specifically for the project when the school year was almost halfway over.  Mr. Stephens gave me permission to do another one for the next school year, and so I started the school year already primed to make sure that I captured every single band moment that year.

Tri-X Files 84_19.01: Peggy at Lunch on the DeckThe first day of school in the 1984-85 school year was Monday, August 20, 1984. Things were already looking better for me than they were a year ago: The majority of my friends were a grade below me, and this year they had caught up with me and were once again on the same side of the school as I was; I also shared a number of my classes with them because they were slightly smarter than the average bear and were allowed to skip ahead. Additionally, Denny F, my best friend from first grade, and who had left our school after second grade, had returned (that guy in second period Spanish class looked realllly familiar) and we immediately reconnected. Compared to last year when I had very few friends, didn’t know what was going on, and had a hard time fitting in, this year was starting off considerably better (although I still really didn’t have much of a clue as to what was going on).

It wasn’t until the lunch hour that I was able to make my way down to Mrs. Isaacs’ art room (located in half of the basement of the high school wing) to obtain my first roll of 400 speed Tri-X film. I popped the roll into my camera, climbed the stairs out of the art room, and exited the high school wing on my way to The Grill. Sitting on the brand-new deck outside of The Grill was Peggy. This was the first time that I had seen her since school started, other than a brief glance at our class meeting during break. Peggy and I had been in four out of six classes last semester, and, consequently (or perhaps, unfortunately) she had been the subject of many of my photographs from last year.  I guess it was somewhat appropriate that the first photo on the first roll of the new school year would be a photo of Peggy, and she apparently looks quite excited about having this honor.  Or disturbed.  Or both.  Peggy and I shared absolutely no classes this semester, as she was even more smarter than the average bear and most of her classes were one grade level above the rest of us, so I already knew that there would be considerably less Peggy photos this year.

However, there was someone else who would take the place of Peggy in my negatives.

84_19.07: Donna in Earth Science
Donna C had attended Model for a couple of years in middle school and she had been one grade ahead of me. She left and then came back, but now she was one grade below me. I was always a little intimidated by her because of her heavy metal attitude, so I had a little trepidation when I was assigned to sit at her table in my Earth Science class (I was already not too happy about even being in this class, as it was a freshman-level science class, but that is another story entirely). Donna had aspirations of being a model, and insisted — quite forcefully — that I take her photo whenever she saw my camera … which accounts for the many photos of her (along with her seatmate, Leah) that will be appearing throughout this season of The Tri-X Files.

And then, of course, there was Tanya.

Tri-X Files 84_19.09: Here Comes the Queen
Last year, we were friends, we sat next to each other in Band class, and I took a lot of photos of her, mostly in third period English class. Based on her numerous appearances throughout this first roll, you would think that we were going to be doing the same thing this year. However, it should be noted that out of her nine appearances on this roll (out of 21 shots, a little less than half), only two of those photos were taken outside of Band class. That was the only class that we shared this year, and so the Tanya photos this year would be limited, and most of them would be tied in to Band activities.

Tri-X Files 84_19.14: Sarah and Tanya Breakdance
And those photos of Tanya would also probably include her BFF, Sarah.

84_19.06: Shy Shay and His Soda
This roll also features the first regular shots of my two best friends from high school, Shay and Josh. They were both one year below me, and I had been patiently waiting a year for them to finally show up in high school. These two would be making a number of appearances in my photos over the next several months, and would eventually become my “staff” in the production of the Band Yearbook.

The two main events that were captured on this first roll were both band events, and they both took place during the week of August 20-24, 1984. I am sure that historians will look upon these events with great wonderment and excitement.  The first: PICKING UP THE BAND UNIFORMS FROM THE DRY CLEANERS.

Tri-X Files 84_19.11: Back from the Dry Cleaner's
Everybody had to walk from the school, across Lancaster Avenue, and down the Eastern Bypass to Mr. B’s Dry Cleaner’s, a 10 minute trek. It actually took less time than it normally would if we were to walk from the school to a fast food restaurant on the Bypass during lunch (something that we were allowed to do as we had a pretty liberal open lunch policy). We each grabbed a handful of coats and pants, and then had to suffer the indignity of walking back to the school, as people drove by and honked their horns at us. As we were loading up the uniforms in our hands, Mr. Stephens drove up with his car to pick up the rest of them. Why didn’t he just put the uniforms into his car and get one of the older students who could drive to bring their car along? Or was this just an exercise to see if we would willingly follow orders? At any rate, it got us out of the classroom for a day. The significance of this shot is that it shows the EKU Bypass in the background, and the Bypass of 1984 is dramatically different than it is today. Richmond Bank (on the left) no longer exists, although its distinctive building still does. Many of the businesses on the right no longer exist, including the dry cleaner’s. It should not come as a surprise to learn that the McDonald’s is still there.

Tri-X Files 84_19.12: Band Section Leaders, Serious Version
After we came back from the dry cleaner’s, I wanted to take a photo of all of the band section leaders for the Band Yearbook. I was already making my plans for that project and I wanted to get an early start on laying out the pages. Also, I had not been able to get a group photo of the section leaders for last year’s yearbook and that always gnawed at me, so I wanted to ensure that I got one this year. The slight hitch was that tryouts for the seat positions had not yet taken place, so we didn’t know for sure who was going to be sitting in which chair, much less who was going to sit in the coveted first chair.  However, we had a pretty good idea who was going to be first chair, largely based on the fact that most of last year’s first chairs were returning this year.  So those individuals are who I rounded up to be in this photo.

Tri-X Files 84_19.13: Band Section Leaders, Casual Version
On the front row, left to right, are Sarah (flutes) and Tanya (clarinets). On the back row, let me go from right to left and mention first Ranjan (saxophones) and Joe (trumpets). Here’s where things went a little odd. Next was George, the senior first chair trombone and Band President. Sitting next to him is Lance, the second chair trombone as well as George’s lieutenant and first officer; it always seemed that wherever George was, Lance was right there with him. Why is Lance in this photo? For the reason that I just explained. So, technically, these two photos do not accurately reflect the section leaders of the band, but for me, it was close enough. The first photo was my “yearbook style” portrait while for the second one I just told everyone to do whatever they wanted to do.

The second Band Event of the week took place at least a day later, when THE PERCUSSIONISTS CAME UP WITH THE CADENCE.

Tri-X Files 84_19.16: Everyone Wants to Hear the Drummer Play
Our two primary percussionists were Aaron and Keith. Aaron was filled with musical talent, and while his true passion was with the guitar, he was still a darn fine drummer. Keith, on the other hand, was a little rhythmically challenged, and preferred to play the bells; he had been tasked to play the bass drum in the Marching Band last year and the results had been, well, let’s politely say, comical. It would appear that our marching band would be doomed from the start with only two percussionists. Luckily, they were going to get some help: Stephen, a trumpet player, was going to step in and play the quad toms. Rick, a senior, who had been in the band at one time but could not fit into his schedule this semester due to Driver’s Education, was still going to join us for parades on the snare drum, along with Aaron.

Today, Aaron, Stephen and Keith took the drums outside to figure out the cadence for marching. Keith was having trouble staying on the beat on the bass drum, so Aaron took over the bass while Stephen continued to bang out the rhythm on the quads. The rest of us were practicing marching in the big field next to the school, but then we decided to take a break and hang out with the drummer boys.

Whenever I printed this photo, I always cropped it as presented above. It wasn’t until I scanned in the negative, 30 years later, that I noticed that Keith was standing off to the side, to the left. I had never noticed him, always assuming that he was a part of the tree:
84_19.16: Everyone Wants to Hear the Drummer

Tri-X Files 84_19.17: Eric Rises
Eric, a senior, showed up and hung out with us for no apparent reason.

Tri-X Files 84_19.18: Shay in the Tree Tri-X Files 84_19.19: Meena and Heather in the Tree

84_19.20: Monkey Shay, Monkey Do
Shay, Meena and Heather climbed into the trees and pretended to be monkeys.

84_19.21: Ellen and Stacey in Spanish class
The next and last shot on this roll was taken in second period Spanish class. Its presence at this point in the roll brings into question the date as to when these photos were taken. The fact that remains constant is that, after shooting the photos from the previous day, I had one shot remaining. If it were a Friday, then I probably would have used that last shot on anything so that I could head straight to the art room and develop the film. I probably would not have held onto that one last shot over the weekend and waited to use it on Monday. However, if it were a Thursday, then I more than likely would have reserved the last shot for something worth shooting, and then I would have developed the film on Friday. Based on this logic, I have deduced that the five photos taken of the band members watching the drummers and climbing in the trees were taken on Thursday, August 23, 1984, and this last shot, of Ellen and Stacey in Spanish class, was taken on Friday, August 24, 1984.

Looking over all of the shots taken on this roll and how they represent my first week back at high school in my sophomore year, I can see how this roll represents a transitioning in style and subject from the previous year, and a re-focusing of goals and purposes.  There are several familiar faces from last year’s rolls featured here as well as several new ones.  As we will see as this series progresses, some will remain while others will begin to fade away.

IN THE NEXT EPISODE (to be posted September 5, 2014): The second week of high school! More insignificant moments in band history! And more Sarah and Tanya breakdancing!


All of the photos from this roll that were featured in this episode can be seen in this Flickr set, including several that were not featured and additional commentary on all of the images.  As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

Tri-X Files Uncut: A separate set featuring all of the original scans from this roll, uncropped and unaltered, in their full frame glory.  Here is the set for this roll.

Season One of the Tri-X Files, featuring photos from my freshman year of high school, can be found at this link.

The Tri-X Files website.

All contents copyright © 2014 JLK Productions.

Image of the Week for 08-25-14

Image of the Week for 08-25-14: Water Tower on the Horizon
Water Tower on the Horizon

The Tri-X Files: Season Two

tri-x-files-season-2-teaser

Please ignore all of the “Coming in 2011″ references.

The Tri-X Files Website

Image of the Week for 08-18-14

Image of the Week for 08-18-14: RIP Mike Bouchie
In memory of my friend, Mike Bouchie.  Gone too soon.
April 16, 1955 - August 15, 2014

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Image of the Week for 08-11-14: Chairs
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Image of the Week for 08-04-14: Poi Twirling
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Image of the Week for 07-28-14: The Mailboxes Along US 421
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Then and Now #23: Lincoln Birthplace, 1970/2014

Lincoln Birthplace in August 1970 #1
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park Memorial Building, August 1970.  I am the baby in the stroller that you cannot see to the left.

Front of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial as seen in June of 2014
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park Memorial Building, as taken during my visit in June 2014. Attempted to match the angle as best as I could with the original, using the “ramps” and benches along the stairs as reference.

Composite of two shots taken of the front of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial, in 1970 and 2014
Composite of the two shots taken in 1970 and 2014 of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial.  The building lines up nicely; the stairs and benches are a little off (probably due to the differences in the heights of the photographers).  Note the architecture and the landscaping is pretty much EXACTLY THE SAME in the 43-year span.

Lincoln Birthplace in August 1970 #2
The left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building, August 1970. I am the 11-month old child in the stroller.

Left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial, taken in June of 2014
The left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building, June 2014.  The building looks the same.  The trees have been cut back a little.  The major difference is that the steps in 1970 have become a ramp in 2014, with handrails for the remaining steps.

Composite of two shots taken of the left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial, in 1970 and 2014
Composite of the two shots taken in 1970 and 2014 of the left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial.  I used the columns on the right to line up the angle of the building and the steps.  I blame the angle of the hill for the slight tilt in the perspective.

Me, standing before the left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial, June of 2014
The left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building in June of 2014. I am standing in about the same spot where I was in 1970.

Composite of two shots taken of the left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial, me and my family in 1970 and with just me in 2014
Composite of the shots of myself in 1970 and 2014 at the left side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building.  I am in the right place, as evidence by the gutter on the building behind me, but the photo should have been taken several steps backwards as I am now seven feet tall in comparison to my parents and their friends.  Oh, so close.  I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO GO BACK IN ANOTHER 43 YEARS AND DO THIS AGAIN …

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