Back in 1986 my dad worked in Brazil for a couple of weeks. On a day off he did some sightseeing and while taking some pictures from a viewpoint over Rio he and about ten colleagues were mugged at gunpoint. He lost his camera and all the pictures he’d taken that day.

He didn’t want to go home without any photos of his visit so he bought some slides. Those slides have sat in a drawer for nearly 30 years until this Christmas when he produced them and asked if I could make a copy of them so he could take a look.

I no longer own a scanner but with a lightbox and a macro lens I’ve managed to make some rough copies, which somehow add to the charm of the images. The slides were shot on Agfa film and from the look of the cars on the Copacabana, I’d say these were shot in the mid 1960s.


  1. Comment by Steven

    Steven January 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    There’s a lovely quality to these images which make me reminisce about the good ol’ days of shooting on transparency film.

    I have a huge box full of slides, each one carefully labelled up on their mounts with shot locations and dates etc. When I get a spare couple of days it might even be worth spending time digitising them for future use.

  2. Comment by smalyon

    smalyon January 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    It’s like why bother with the instant gratification of Instagram or Snapseed? Shoot some slide film, put it in a drawer for 30 years and voil√°! Retrotastic.

  3. Comment by Kent

    Kent May 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Lovely story, and pretty cool old photos! Hope all is well with you my friend.

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