“Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of heaven, you can justify it in the end. There won’t be any trumpets blowing come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after one tin soldier rides away.” ― One Tin Soldier lyrics by The Original Caste
I’ve had some vintage photographic slides I bought at a thrift store years ago that I’ve always wanted to do a project with. The slides are from the 1950s and document one middle-class American family’s life. The slides I used for this project were taken by the husband during his military service in Korea and Japan. These images are a part of the unknown family’s slide collection used for my last project, “Lost & Found: Someone’s Family Photos”.
I found it interesting that all of these unique images were ultimately just donated to a thrift store. Why? Did the last family member die? Did the remaining family member(s) not care about these old memories?
I decided to unearth this lost personal military history by creating a patchwork composite of 30 slides. I placed each of the slides on a light table and photographed them with a macro lens. I restored the faded Technicolor transparencies and balanced the image tones to fit into a group in post-production.