Now I think I'm going down to the well tonight And I'm going to drink till I get my fill And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it But I probably will Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture A little of the glory of, well time slips away And leaves you with nothing mister but Boring stories of glory days
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
I was developing new film last week and I needed HC-110 rather than my usual T-MaxRS. I only had two sheets of 8x10 so I figured I'd go into the "vault" (actually an old Tri-X box) where I keep old film I never got around to developing. I took the first sheet off the top and decided to throw it in the Jobo drum with the other film. Well, it turned out to be a negative from August 6, 1989. It was an image of the back entrance to the Deli in Pompton Lakes, NJ, where I grew up. This was where we would park our bikes and go in the deli to get all the sustenance a young boy needs... Cracker Jax, Beer, Sandwiches.... it was often the jumping off point for a fun night, usually sitting on the railroad bridge drinking beers. Oh, those glory days!
Oh, back to photography... even though the negative has been sitting in a box for almost 20 years it developed pretty darned good! Can't wait to print it! Or to get to the other hundreds of old negatives sitting in even older boxes!
Richard Coda has been photographing since he was a teenager. In college he fell in love with images made with large format cameras. Starting with a 4x5" view camera, he soon moved up to an 8x10" camera and, most recently, has begun working with an 11x14" camera.
While he photographed landscapes early in his career, recently his work has focused on that which has been overlooked, forgotten, or looked at, but not seen. He finds compositions where others see the ordinary, or nothing at all. While concentrating on black and white for most of his career, Richard has found a new love for color, using color as the subject, while still retaining his classical aesthetic for form, line and tone.
Please visit his websites at www.rcodaphotography.com and www.pctype.com