Rewind to 1979

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre


As this is my first post, I would like to share this photo that I took in 1979 with a Zenit EM, the first proper camera I owned. I took it at photographic evening classes where I was learning how to process and print monochrome film. I think I used Ilford HP5 400ASA off a bulk roll that I loaded into a 35mm cassette in the dark room. The “aspiring photographers” then went round the other classes to find subjects. This is a photo of a guy in the calligraphy class. 35 years later I can still use the old manual focus Helios lens off the Zenit with an adaptor on my Canon EOS DSLR!

10 thoughts on “Rewind to 1979

  1. Welcome to The Monochrome Muse, Chris. Such a super photo to start off your journey with us, I too love the image and its history. It’s great to have a 35mm film photographer as part of our ‘gang’ 🙂


  2. Welcome, Chris! I love your photograph and the history behind it. It’s amazing how much photography has evolved since 1979. I look forward to seeing more of your work!


  3. Hi Chris, I feel better now that I’m not alone… Great photo and great story too.
    You were faster than me to publish a post but now that I was able to publish one I hope to be more continuos.


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