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Out of the Box!

The Sun Flower (1981) Canon AE-1 + Super Takumar 28/3.5 + Kodachrome 64 

All these questions about directions in life having shot myself in the foot with the bullet of the mid-life crisis had me looking back to my past. Updating my own website brought me to this photo and my own blurb about it written years ago in an album and copied verbatim when I posted this photo (the original blurb is no longer there because the Flash page does not allow extended captions—so this post); so a little update and editing brings the thoughts of over 20 year to the front of my mind.

That sunflower was taken one Sunday morning in Burnham Park in Baguio City. I found the program in a nearby church so boring that I sneaked out with my camera and went around taking some shots. Sunflowers were in bloom because the place was full of them. So I went around snapping them the usual way when a light goes on in my head ("unless a seed falls down to the ground ..." John 12:24), so I dove into one of the flower boxes and with my face down all the way to the roots got this photo among many.

This was film and Kodachrome at that
(as of this writing I am at the point where I'm fiddling with a friends' Minolta A1 Dimage)! Twenty years ago, to have Kodachrome developed meant sending it off to a lab (usually Island or Kameraworld for me) who in turn shipped it off to Australia to have it processed! Takes over a month before you see the results of your photo. Digital photography now grants us instant gratification—but not so then (although I have to research if Kodachrome is still around and if anyone still processes them).

Nevertheless, I walked back to the church parking lot (where the rest of my family was waiting after the church service ended) with a sense of awe; indeed, of worship. It was better than being inside that church! The reflections of that day somehow fades from memory at times, but that epiphanous morning I saw the Light of the World once again play with the child in me (READ THIS).


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