I’ve finally got round to scanning in a few old family photographs recently. It is good to see them rejuvenated on the computer screen, and the detail from the small prints accessible so much more easily. Obviously there are familiar faces, and familiar places, but all from the past. Though, needless to say, they were the present when the snap was taken.
It is a strange window on the past.
Stephen Poliakoff’s film ‘Shooting the Past’ is one of our favourites. It was a film for TV. It is set in a photo archive where the archivists are able to find photographs of people from the past and uncover their hidden stories, as a challenge, to prove the worth of the whole collection and their unique skills.
Like with all of Poliakoff’s films, you’re never quite sure what is going to happen next, or how the characters will develop, but he never disappoints. He always finds a way of engaging his audience, and not short-changing them.
Not unlike the Holy Spirit opening up the black and white pictures in the Bible and connecting them to the reality of life now. There’s always an echo to be received.