So here at the Sun we have shelves and shelves of film negatives dating all the way back to 1959. Boxes and boxes…I would love to show you a photo of the room full of negatives, but you see it also serves as the newsroom break room (ie place where food goes to a fridge to rot and where lunches explode in one of the two microwaves), makeshift photo studio and bike garage for those bike commuting reporters who for some reason don’t want to park their bicycles right next to their desks (I myself think they should have to lock them up right next to their desk, but no one seems to agree with me on that). And well, it’s just an embarrassing room so just trust me when I tell you there are boxes upon boxes of negatives.
And this is what a box labeled: 6/83-8/83 News Negs looks like:
Each sleeve of negs (we in the biz call film negatives “negs”and now you can impress your friends with some nerdy photojournalist lingo) has the date in one corner, a brief description of the assignment/subject of the images captured on that roll of film, the section category of the paper it was for (ie sports, news etc) and finally the photographers initials. Each time I pull a sleeve of negs, that is the only information I have about the photos I am about to look at. AND there are times when sleeves don’t have a single word or date on them that might even give me a hint about what I am looking at. They are known “Negs Of Mystery”. Okay not really, but I think that is what I am going to call them from now on.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well you see the IT department replaced our ancient 15 pound film scanner that took a good 20 minutes to scan (plus another 30 minutes of me swearing and pounding on it to get it to even initialize) with this mini super fast film scanner from this century so I could start archiving all those old negs digitally.
When I have free time in between shooting photo assignments, opening Larry’s fan mail and the random other things I’m tasked with, I plan on grabbing boxes of negs and scanning anything that catches my eye (I guarantee you I will be scanning in that one titled “Sprinkler & Cow Feature” because oh my goodness do I hope it is a sleeve full photos of a cow running through a sprinkler) or anything that might be even a miniscule part of Kitsap’s history.
OF COURSE I plan on sharing things I find on this blog. In fact I’m starting a “From The Archives Friday” feature so I will (hopefully) post a new one every Friday, hence the title.
Now remember, I don’t have any cutline information or stories to reference with these photos that I am posting. I only have the information that is on the neg sleeve. If i get really really curious I may pop into the microfilm room and look up the edition of the paper that it ran in to get a little more information to post it.
Here’s the coolest part, we will also get see all of Larry’s work from when he started at the Sun almost 30 years ago and oh my I am betting there are quite a few sunset silhouettes mingled in those boxes of black and white negs! A few tidbits of information about frames might be gleaned from Larry or from Steve Zugschwerdt who was the photo editor of the Sun for many many years and still shoots for us.
Anywho, welcome to the new blog feature and here are just a few from the first handful of negs from that 1983 box posted above: