When I left the UK I boxed up all my photos: slides, prints, negatives, and left them with my Dad. Pics of Morocco,Spain, France, Wales, Yorkshire, early days climbing in Lancashire, Cornwall etc. Photos taken since I was 18 when my Mum bought me an Olympus SLR.
When I visited my Dad in the UK just over a year ago, he'd just moved house and he couldn't find my photos. We looked high and low. I was dissapointed but erased it from my mind. Only photos I thought, not that important I told myself and thought nothing more of it (well maybe that isn'true).
At this USA climbing forum, Supertopo.com, all the old timers post these wonderful photos of climbing in Yosemite and other places. Not all famous, just great photos of
climbers in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Great too look at and laugh at. It has happened a bit at UKClimbing.com too and when I see these pics I'd get just a little twinge of
sadness that all my old pics were lost. Phew, move on,forget about it.
Anyway. Last couple of weeks have been a bit hectic but fun in a way. I had a couple of jobs to do that were favours for people, no charge, just people I talk to and like, a chap called Ron who is about 70 + and a woman called Lynn Shea who is a similar age. Lynn is always ringing me up and we just chat about life. She always wears too much lipstick when she comes to see me.
I'd been putting these jobs off because I'm so busy. For Lynn I had to scan some of her watercolours, quite big so I had to do several scans and join them
together. Then print them out on heavy art paper and mount them for her. For Ron it was scanning and printing his family pictures, lots of grainy black and whites, greta-great grandparents, some of his kids....about 70 pics in all.
Quite a lot of work and I was having difficulty trying to fit them in. But last week and on Saturday I did. Lynn came up from Schnectady and I had her watercolours ready and she was as happy as a skylark plus we got to talk about her worrying about her 50
year old daughter who is going to NYC on a date with some doctor....."what if he's only after one thing" she worried.
And I did all Ron's pics, scanned, printed at A4 on the best photo paper and everything archived on CD for future generations.
In a book by Lynn Grabhorn that I've just read she says that positive energy attracts positive energy.
I just got this email off my Dad:
"Michael you are going to be as happy as a sand boy. You are going to be over the moon. You are going to think that your dad is the best,and why is this? Now how did this come about well I was in the loft looking for things,and guess what I found your negitives and photographs they are now safe and sound, what do you think about that then."
Above is one of them, Dave Kenyon on the first ascent of Raindogs at Malham Cove in 1986.
Thanks Dad, the Lynns and Ron.