Vestiges of the Past

IF YOU READ MY VIVIAN MAIER POST EARLIER YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT SEEING HER VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS REMINDED ME OF COMING ACROSS SOME OLD PHOTOS FROM MY OWN FAMILY'S ALBUMS. WHEN I FIRST SAW THESE PHOTOS I WAS REALLY INTRIGUED AND FOUND THEM REALLY INTERESTING SO NATURALLY I FELT I SHOULD SHARE THESE.

THE ALBUM BELONGS TO MY AUNTIE JENNY, MY MOTHER'S SISTER. THERE ARE PHOTOS WHEN THEY ARE LITTLE KIDS IN THE 50'S ALL THE UP UNTIL THEY YOUNG ADULTS IN THE 70'S AND THE PHOTOS ACTUALLY BECOME COLOR DURING THIS PERIOD. THE EARLY PHOTOS ARE REALLY BLURRY AND GRAINY BUT A COUPLE SHOTS IN THE 60'S (WHICH WERE OBVIOUSLY SHOT ON A BETTER CAMERA) ARE QUITE CLEAR. THE MAJORITY OF THE PHOTOS ARE JUST FAMILY SHOTS, WEDDINGS ETC AND THE REST ARE SHOTS OF MY MOTHER, AUNTIE AND UNCLES HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS. THESE ARE THE PHOTOS I FOUND TO BE PARTICULARLY INTERESTING.

I WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO BE GROWING UP AS A TEENAGER IN RODRIGUES AND MAURITIUS. I WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO GROW UP IN ANOTHER ERA LIKE THE 60'S AND 70'S. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO YOUTH CULTURE, SO IT WAS REALLY COOL TO FIND THESE YOUNG PHOTOS OF MY OWN FAMILY. THE FASHION IS AMAZING AS WELL, JUST SO DAMN COOL.

THESE PHOTOS ARE A MOMENT IN TIME THAT WILL NEVER BE CAPTURED AGAIN. I HOPE ONE DAY I HAVE PHOTOS TO SHOW MY KIDS OF MYSELF GROWING UP AND THEY ARE JUST AS FASCINATED WITH THEM, AS I AM WITH THESE.

I HOPE TO TRACK DOWN SOME PHOTOS LIKE THESE ON MY DAD'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY EVENTUALLY TOO.

(I SHOULD NOTE, OUT OF RESPECT, THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THESE IMAGES ARE UNKNOWN, OR FORGOTTEN...)

 
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Eddy (Friend)

Mauritius (Beau-Bassin) 1969

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Uncle Nils (middle) with Friends

Mauritius 1969

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'Le Crew'

My Mother Michelle (middle), Auntie Jenny (2nd from right) with friends

Mauritius (Rose HIll) 1969

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Auntie Jenny (middle) with Friends

Rodrigues Island (Pointe Coton) 1965

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Uncle's Harald, Motley, Auntie Jenny, Mother Michelle and Friends

Rodrigues Island (Pointe Coton) 1965

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My Grandfather Gaston, during WWII

Circa 1940

 

"As time passes by and you look at portraits, the people come back to you like a silent echo. A photograph is a vestige of a face, a face in transit. Photography has something to do with death. It's a trace."

- Henri Cartier-Bresson