Press Negatives, Box 8, 1942


This box has 22 negatives in it and the label says “Ortho-X” as film material. Joel is experimenting again or this was all he could get in the store.

There are also two pencil writings on the box. Top says “Scott”, below it reads “Foley Kids”

Let’s take a look at the mix of subjects this time.

Scott ?, Anamorphic lens, SJC, 1942

Not sure who did the artwork. It’s a photograph, presumably the SJC teacher photography, taken with an anamorphic lens. This is a lens that stretches the image in one direction. Popular use is movie photography for panoramic formats.

This image clearly references SJC days.

Unidentified young women, student artist ?, SJC, 1942.

The above image is most likely form an SJC outing or possibly a photography class portrait assignment. I do like the choice of angle by shooting low and hiding what’s at the horizon.

The following images might fall in the class assignments as well. They all show different approaches to portrait work.

Unidentified lady, 1942
Unidentified lady, 1942

Unidentified sitter above, the images came out quite nice, no major development issues either.

Next section falls under what I would call subject “Foley Kids”. The dog has a tag that reads: “Stockton Dog Tag 1942”, with tag number 585.

Foley Kid and dog with Stockton Dog tag 585, 1942
Foley Kid and dog with Stockton Dog tag 585, 1942

Joel uses a single incandescent light, and light the subjects from below.

Foley Kid in First Communion outfit, 1942

Foley Kid in First Communion outfit, 1942

This particular film holder Joel is using, has a crack in the dark slide. This shows as a white line at the top. We’ll see this line popping up in quite a few images.

Foley Kid, 1942
Foley Kid, 1942

Foley Kid in First Communion outfit, 1942

Joel is clearly on a mission and is trying out different things. In the last two images, there’s a light source behind the veil, pointing up.

Foley SIsters, 1942
Foley Sisters, 1942

And as we all know, it is hard to have kids look in the same direction, especially when there is more than one person in the room !

A second group of portrait work shows us a familiar, yet unidentified face. I believe these images were taken at SJC as part of photography class assignment. The last image in this series puts one and one in perspective.

Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942
Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942
Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942
Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942
Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942
Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942
Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942

The above image is superb in my book and I couldn’t resist giving this a retouching spin and retouch this to a printable image.

The last image in this box is from a student/artist carving wood. She was in previous images also.

Unidentified student/artist, SJC, 1942

It’s obvious Joel was working on portraits, either by choice or as part of a class assignment. He’s definitely trying things with posing angles, lighting and various backdrop colors.

And he learned it’s not easy to keep kids focussed on what they should be doing.

Next blog post we’ll be digging in Kodachromes again.

Cheers !


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