Why Do We Love Photography? A Thirty Somethings Photographic Journey. The early years 1976-1986 Part Three
Exit political stage Jimmy Carter and the 1970s and we have arrived at the Ronald Reagan 1980s. While the hostage crisis in Iran was over with the arrival of a new decade and the lines at the gas pump were not as long as they were a few years before, we the people who love photography were still very much in the age of film cameras. Film cameras required patience and anticipating problems before they would occur such as the looming threat of light exposure to your roll of film. It was the photographers biggest source of stress and for a young kid that opened up the camera too fast without winding the film first, a great reason to get grounded.
There was some optimism in this age of fear of over exposure of film, we in the 1980s had a thing called Fox Photo labs to help with those stress levels. My parents entrusted me with the family cameras at an early age and my first unofficial job was to take “quality” pictures of the family. Fox Photo labs were very small buildings that stood out like a soar thumb and were a blessing to someone in the 1980s that needed to get their film developed quickly. In fact, it was the quickest service for film developing we knew of and yes it was very expensive for those days.