Some of his last photos taken

Posted April 22nd, 2011 in Unpublished by neil

 

My mother found a few photos in the catalog my dad kept on his computer. These photos are a few of the last ones that he took, on April 17th of 2010… one year ago this past Sunday. He was working on taking photos of everyday items that were in the shape of a letter.

Although they’re not anything really special, it’s nice to take a look back to see what he was doing at that time.

 

Last Roll Of 35mm Film

Posted March 25th, 2011 in Memories of Horst by neil

After my dad passed away, my mother gave me his old camera. I believe that she knew it would be in good hands with me, and that I’d cherish it forever. It is a Yashica Lynx-1000, and he bought it sometime in the early 1960s. This camera was used constantly and captured many family memories, and much of the old photos that I’ve been posting on this site.

When she gave it to me, I took a look at it and pressed the small button on the bottom that is used to rewind the film when the roll is done. It made that familiar click that I recognized to mean that it had a roll of film in it. After that I spun the rewind crank until I knew the film was in the canister, popped the back of the camera open, and sure enough… there was a roll of Kodak Gold 200 35mm film.

Immediately I wondered how long it had been in the camera. Continue Reading »

Zabriskie Silhouette

Posted November 12th, 2010 in Unpublished by neil

This is a previously unpublished photo.

In March, 2010, Horst took a weekend trip out to Death Valley, CA with his wife. He had talked about doing it for years as he wanted to photograph the scenery… and finally, they decided to get out there. This was his last big “photo outing” before he began to get ill. There are many, many photographs that he took on this trip, and he wasn’t able to process all of them. I remember him showing me this one in particular. He did very little processing on this one; I think maybe just some contrast adjustment. The composition is pretty much how he shot it. I find that it has so much visual impact; the strong diagonal lines, the placement of the subject.

It is a testament to how he saw and photographed things. There were many photographers out there that morning, waiting for the right light to hit the hills and give them that perfect shot. He took that time and saw this simple shot of one of them waiting.

 

Field Of Daisies

Posted July 28th, 2010 in Photos, Unpublished by neil

This is a previously unpublished photo that Horst took; the first one that we’re putting on his site. I’m not quite sure why he hadn’t put it up on flickr, because I think it looks fantastic. He always was so fascinated with shallow depth of field and bokeh in photographs. Perhaps it wasn’t technically up to par with what he was trying for. Regardless, I believe that it is worthy of displaying on this site.