Photographic Palaeontologist Probes Skeletal Remains

Found, Luna Park, 08/09/1996

Today is the first time since 1996 that I have attempted to reconstruct this strip. Initially, I didn’t recognise these fragments as belonging together. I am surprised at how differently the pieces have aged. A possible reason for the vastly different tones, could be that some were discoloured by other items that were in the bin where they were found. I cringe at the thought.

So what happened here? This young couple entered the booth and snuggled up, looking at the camera, smiling as each flash went off. They waited excitedly for the photos to drop into the shoot. While still wet, they looked at them together and he agreed that there was at least one wonderful shot of her, but none of him that he could admire. She liked them all despite the off kilter framing. They couldn’t agree to disagree. Within five minutes he’d torn up the strip and binned it.

Our young lady returned later to retrieve the cast off images that she’d liked, for the most part not bothering to collect the images of him. She was still in a huff about the destruction of an, albeit flawed, memento.

6 comments
  1. Hi Katherine, I love your scenario and the photos. There’s nothing better than a bit of natural discolouration – in life and photo paper. Cheers Sue

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    • Palaeontology or a related field should’ve been my career, but my school careers teacher labelled me as not intelligent enough to aim that high. She was so wrong but I had no confidence to push on regardless at that age.

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      • atrmws said:

        Teachers don’t often appreciate the influence they have in shaping their pupils’ lives.

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