1. When was this photo taken?
2. Where was this photo taken?
Atlantic City, New Jersey
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
My family and my in-laws on the steps of the lightkeeper's house at Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, New Jersey. That's my wife Sara in red and our sons Jamie and Sean standing in front of her. Behind her are her Aunt Jane and her mother Ruth, and to the right are her brothers Dan (front) and Jeff (rear). Sara was the executive director at the lighthouse and oversaw its restoration and the reconstruction of the lightkeeper's house. This is actually the second reconstruction; the first was destroyed by arson before it had been completed.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
It makes me feel old, since my sons are now adults.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I wasn't sure what to expect; I knew the photos were at least 15 years old, since I got my first digital camera in 2002, but I wasn't sure what I had used the film for. Like most people, I took far fewer pictures in the pre-digital age, so I did expect that the photos would be of carefully chosen subjects.
7. What kind of memories does this photo bring back?
Memories of people no longer with us. My wife's Aunt Jane died many years ago, and her mother is now in the late stages of dementia and confined to a nursing home. One of the old SLRs that these rolls came from was an old Nikon F that my father gave me; I thought there might be pictures of him among the photos, but there were not.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
I think most people will look at it as a family photo from a sight-seeing expedition to some lighthouse, unless they read the answers to these questions and learn about our connection to this particular site.
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