David Burnett 01
1. When was this photo taken?
A small Umbrian village in central Italy, San Casciano di Bagnei
2. Where was this photo taken?
3. Who took this photo?
I put the camera on my small camera bag on self-timer
4. What are we looking at here?
It was the first summer of several when we spent a few weeks in italy over the summer. It was just after the G-8 Summit in Naples, and several of our friends who were doing White House advance for that trip, stayed on, as we’d taken a wonderful house for the month of July. This village square, in the village near our rental house, became a very big part of our lives over those weeks. The old stone wall separated the elevated side of the town from the farm lands below. In back of me you see a stone bench, more or less reserved for the ‘good ole boys’ of the town. It was pretty clear we visitors were not welcome to sit on that particular bench.
5. How does this old photo make you
I love the grainy, very expected look of the frame. I don’t know if the age has something to do with the extra graininess, but it has a certain “not taken recently” look (but then so do my wife and I). And that, above all, is what b/w photography does to me. It emphasizes the time that has passed.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I had no idea what was on the roll, and was kind of surprised to see something so unexpected as I was pretty good about getting film out of my bags, and to the lab. This roll obviously had a mind of it’s own for some twenty years.
7. Does this photo bring back any memories?
Just seeing those film camera slung over my shoulder is a reminder that film still has it’s place in photography.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
This isn’t a great ‘museum wall-worthy’ picture, but like so many of the lost rolls, I think the personal feeling involved is what makes these recovered images so interesting and at times powerful.
- Lost Rolls America
- Image Size
- 1280x849 / 419.7KB
- Contained in galleries
- Lost Rolls: The Archive