Posts Tagged ‘mijn opa’s foto’s’

The complexity of memories

After my grandfather’s dead my father started to sort my grandfather’s huge dia collection although he did not do this in a very organized way.. He kept all the dia’s featuring people and put the ones without any people in a huge bag. My grandfather made loads of photos of landscapes, houses, churches and old villages so that bag became a huge bag of dia’s. My father wanted to throw it away but fortunately I could keep it away from the garbage bin. So now I’m stuck with thousands of unsorted dia’s..

So, I have started to sort them in different categories: dreamy pictures, landscapes, villages and houses. I want to use the dreamy ones in a new project but I didn’t really know what to do with the other ones because they weren’t really interesting. Some time ago I made a double scan of some negatives and maybe I could do a similar thing with these uninteresting dia’s. So I have searched for dia’s that could give a nice effect when put together.

The results reminded me of the complexity how our brain manages memories. After a while you only remember the good things and interesting things that happened. Like a Christmas morning, a birthday when you got that book you always wanted, that wonderful forest you went to on vacation, the moment when a duck bit your sisters hand, or a mountain that looked like a giant. Often our brain mixes up memories, which is how I see this dia series. The photos are my grandfathers memories. He told me about some of these places but I never went there myself. In my mind my grandfathers vacations became a mixture of walking in beautiful landscapes and old villages.












Handmade dia’s

De vorige foto die ik plaatste is een dia vierkant formaat 6×6 door mn opa ingeraamd in glas, opgeslagen in een zelfgemaakt houten doosje en te bekijken met een zelfgemaakte houten kijker.

The previous photo I posted is a square 6×6 dia framed in glass by my grandfather. The dia’s are stored in a handmade wooden box and can be viewed by a handmade wooden viewer.


Dia gemaakt door mn opa met een Agfa Isolette III. Binnenkort verder met het uitzoeken van de dia’s van mijn opa die ik ook wil gebruiken voor een project. Het is een vuilniszak vol dus nog wel even bezig.

Dia made by my grandfather with an Afga Isolette III. I’m sorting out my grandfather dia’s collection because I want to use it for a new project. It’s a whole garbage bag full of dia’s so it probably will take a while.