Friday, March 9, 2018
Home Movies and Women's Day
Just as I recently digitized some old family tape recordings, I'm also working on converting our home movies to digital files. Our movies -- made by my dad in the late '60s and early '70s -- are on Super 8 film reels, and those reels haven't been viewed in years and years. In the '80s, Dad had them converted to videotape, so we had a video version which was then converted, years later, to DVD. But of course the quality is terrible because it's two steps removed from the original format -- and besides, we've always suspected that the guy who transferred the movies to video in the '80s missed a reel.
When I visited my mom in February I collected all those films and brought them to England. Yesterday, I hauled our one big reel and five small ones to a film transfer lab near Tottenham Court Road, and in about a week we should have newly digitized home movies. They'll even adjust the color if needed and make other corrections. Woo hoo!
I might put a few scenes on YouTube. Probably not the one of me in the bath.
It was fun to get away from school in the middle of the day. I really should do it more often. I came across this woman (above) drawing a mural on the window of an office building for International Women's Day. I asked her if I could take some pictures while she worked, and she agreed.
Speaking of International Women's Day, The New York Times has published an interesting feature -- a set of obituaries for famous women who were ignored in its pages when they died. The list is remarkable -- Diane Arbus, Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Brontë, the Bollywood star Madhubala, the anti-lynching campaigner Ida B. Wells. It's an interesting way to acknowledge past weakness in their editorial judgment about who deserved a Times obituary. Check it out!