The Street People of Mumbai

The Street People of Mumbai

Recently I received a message from Michael Sturgess on Twitter as he wished to donate some slides to the project. These slides were somewhat different to the many, many thousand of slides in the project as these were neither lost nor found as they were taken by Michael’s late father James in 1995. As you’ll know, the project’s main focus is on the discovery and rediscovery of lost/found slides and the story behind the images, but I felt the subject matter of the slides was interesting and important enough to share with a wider audience so I kindly accepted the slides and scanned them in. Unlike most, if not all, of the slides in the project, we have a little story behind these: During a trip to Mumbai in India back in 1995 to visit his wife’s family, James was struck by just how many people were living on the street (current estimates are 250,000 people in Mumbai alone). So armed with his camera (Michael believes it was a Canon SLR), James captured some of the lives on the streets of Mumbai. Despite the obvious hardships these people endured and continue to on a daily basis, there was often a smile to be found. Note: There are a number of wonderful charity organisations such as Railway Children, Reall (formally Homeless International) and they’re all working hard to combat this global issue. Mumbai – 1995 ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By: Weblizar All images ©James Sturgess and used here with kind permission by his son...
Vintage Hong Kong At Night

Vintage Hong Kong At Night

Here’s a nice little set of commercial slides of Hong Kong dating back to the 1960s. While the project’s main remit is the discovery and sharing of found ‘amateur’ 35mm slides, I will on occasions scan and share some commercial slides if I find them interesting enough. Most of the scenes in these slides are long-gone now, so it’s great to view them to really get a feeling of what the streets of Hong Kong looked like 50 years ago. I visited Hong Kong back in 2004 and while there was a fair bit of neon, it wasn’t anything like this! Click on an image below to view a bigger version. Vintage Hong Kong ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By:...
The Missing

The Missing

I’ve had this post in drafts for a couple of months now; I was unsure how to write it without sensationalising the fact that millions of people go missing each year. Here in the UK alone, it is estimated that 275,000 people go missing. (The Home Office, 2010: 5). Of those 275,000 an estimated 140,000 young people under the age of 18 go missing (The Home Office, 2010: 5); some of these missing go unreported. This post came about from the chance discovery of the photo slide below. Taken by a tourist in the USA (most likely Arizona given the adverts to the right of the window) back in 1991. It’s quite clear from the photograph what the subject matter is; pages of missing children/teens in the window of a laundrette. Of the nine smiling faces in the window, only one, Jaycee Lee Dugard, has a ‘happy’ ending. To be honest happy isn’t the right word given the horrific nature of her 18 year imprisonment at the hands of a convicted rapist and his wife, but you know what I mean. The Missing [TOP ROW] Jenna Ray Robbins – Missing since May 14, 1989. Abducted in Killeen, Texas aged nine. Ilene Misheloff – Missing since January 30, 1989. Abducted in Dublin, California aged 13. Gina Dawn Brooks – Missing since August 5, 1989. Abducted in Fredericktown, Missouri aged 13. Amber Jean Swartz aka Amber Swartz-Garcia – Missing since June 3, 1988. Abducted in Pinole, California aged seven. Megan Elizabeth Garner – Missing since March 27, 1991. Abducted in Tyler, Texas aged three. [BOTTOM ROW] Jaycee Lee Dugard – Abducted in South Lake...
Wellington – Then & Now

Wellington – Then & Now

I wanted to share with you a nice little then/now piece from a photographic slide of Wellington, New Zealand taken back in 1964. Regular Flickr location confirmation sleuth Fraser Pettigrew knew instantly where it was as he now lives there and took up my challenge of photographing how Wellington looks today from the same spot. So, here is the original photo slide taken back in ’64. And here is Fraser’s photograph taken in as near enough the same location as the original. As you can see, there are quite a few differences to the original; trees are taller, new buildings have been built and old ones taken down. Also, Fraser pointed out, one of the two radio towers (seen in the top right of the original image) has been removed in the 50 years since the original photograph was taken. Not only did Fraser re-photograph Wellington for the project, he also spent some time merging the two photographs together so you can magically see the scene change before your very eyes! I must thank Fraser for taking the time to re-photograph the location and for creating the now/then...

Win a Print – Rules & Stuff

It’s been a busy few months on the project and I’ve spoken to lots of great people over social media; making lots of virtual friends along the way. As way of saying thanks (and to get the project in front of even more eyes), I’m going to run a little competition. Get me to 1,000 Twitter followers and one of my Twitter followers (who isn’t a bot or a spammer) will win a 16×12″ print of their choosing.  It really is that simple! Don’t worry Facebook and Tumblr followers, I’ll be doing something similar with you guys soon! The Prize: The winner of the competition will receive a professionally printed (by the fab people at Metro Print in London) 16×12″ photograph of their choosing*. You can choose from any of the photographs in the following categories: People Places Landscapes Animals Things Flora & Fauna The Rules: Entrants must be following @viewthisside Twitter account Entrants must re-tweet the original competition tweet including the hashtag “#winaprint” I think that’s about it Terms & Conditions: The competition is open to all regardless of age and location When the @viewthisside Twitter account reaches 1,000+ followers, a winner will be picked at random from all those that are following the account, have re-tweeted the competition tweet and included the competition hashtag “#winaprint” Any non-human or spam twitter accounts will be ignored and blocked Editor’s (my) decision is final *Winner will receive a 16×12″ print of their choice (from the currently available images in the View From This Side project) Postage within the UK will be paid for by me Postage outside the UK will be paid for...
Ferrania Slides – Late 50s / early 60s

Ferrania Slides – Late 50s / early 60s

Here’s a quick post with a selection of ‘people’ slides from a set of about 75 glass-mounted slides I acquired a while back. I’ve an ever-growing collection of slides, and these ones offer a tiny insight into the fashions of the time. To scan these slides, I carefully cut and removed them from their hand-made glass cases and mounted them individually into a quick-release, easy-mount slide holder. Upon removing the slides from their original mounts, I discovered that the film was Ferrania film. While it is practically impossible to nail down the date these photos were taken, one of my Twitter followers, Chris Dale, did correctly guess the location in some of the slides – Port of Menteith in Scotland. A brief note on Ferrania: FILM Ferrania s.r.l. was originally a manufacturing company located in Ferrania, Italy, founded in 1923 as a maker of photographic film, papers, and photographic equipment, including cameras. The company was sold to 3M in 1964 and the doors to the film manufacturing plant were finally closed in 2012… The story doesn’t end there though.. What happened next? Read on..   ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By:...
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