Most depict kids who were several years older than I was at the time, (we’re talking late 1970s, early 1980s here) so I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing them back then. I have, however, had the chance to meet and get to know some in recent years as a result of this project, which has been awesome.
I originally planned to use some of these submitted images on their own in my book, (and still hope to) but will ultimately need higher-resolution scans to do so. (Please let me know if you have any old photos of the neighborhood—it doesn’t matter how random they might be!) If possible, please scan them at a high resolution (full size at 300 dpi would be great), or I would be more than happy to borrow your originals to have them scanned professionally. I’ll take excellent care of the photos and will return them to you promptly.
In the meantime, I had another idea—I printed out small, low-res versions (simulating the original prints) and actually took them to Steward Manor. There, standing in roughly the same spot that the original photographer stood all those years ago, I photographed the prints. The result, I think, will be an interesting collision of past and present.
Here are just a few test shots so far: