I was about to click the send button on this photograph of mine when I happened to take a closer look at the small package held in the child’s hand.
I had just re-scanned the image and was sending it to a photo agency which has shown an interest in some of my vintage stock travel photography. This picture was taken some 25 years ago in Djerba, Tunisia, and I still use it to demonstrate the advantages of using good sidelight to the students who come on my Photography Courses.
What did I noticed when the image was enlarged to 100%? Well I’m pretty certain it’s a packet of Agfa colour film.
So maybe the child’s mother was a keen photographer, or the little one was the youngest snapper in the world.
The child will be all grown up now – and I wonder if he’s kept his interest in photography. He’ll certainly have a good subject if his mum’s still wearing elegant straw hats and traditional robes. Perhaps if he sees this post he’d like to come on a photography course or holiday.
I think Agfa film might still be available form Lupus Imaging and Media – I never used it myself, but know that it had many dedicated users. I remember is was much-loved for its strong colour saturation.
The magnified section of the photograph shows a close-up of the film packet – although I can’t quite make out the writing completely, it definitely looks like the old Agfa logo to me.