Travel Memories returned
Have you ever lost something you thought would never come back? Well, my photo albums were in a water-logged garage for three years, and thought they were done for. But over the weekend they were returned in almost perfect condition, bringing much relief to me. Amongst them, most importantly, were the albums from my first two solo trips in 1999 and 2000-1. Important, because they were taken before I had a digital camera.
Yes, I never bothered to scan more than about twenty photos from those trips, so they really were lost. But now they are home, and I will soon be launching (in about ten days I think) a run down of ‘World Journeys – the Early Years’ or something equally as pretentious. I thought today I’d present you with a smattering of photos. I started the big scanning project yesterday, I’ve done the first two countries I visited in my 1999 trip – Thailand and India. I scanned a few more in for this post as well from other places.
It’s clear to see that my photos have improved a LOT. And digital means you can take loads more pictures. My first trip in 1999, a real round-the-world all-in sort of deal, I took 21 rolls of film over 9 months. That’s not a lot, and of course you don’t know with film if you nailed the shot or not. And yes there are some really bad pics in there. I’ve decided to do the whole kit and kaboodle, including the ones that didn’t make it into the albums, then I will back it up and these memories will hopefully be safe forever.
This photo is particularly significant. I sat down here, just outside the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor in Egypt, on a seat or rock, and changed my film over. I then snapped the two statues before getting back on my tour bus. I left the other film there. So those are 24 photos I will never get back – including the pyramids, Aswan and the boat trip on the Nile. C’est La Vie.
Here are some others –
How about you? Have you ever lost something that contained important memories, and then got it back? Or not? Please leave a comment!