As a youth I was an intrepid traveler. Often times lighting out without a cent in my pocket. An army jacket,tennis shoes and a sleepingbag,and of course my thumb. It was not uncommon for me to ‘sing for my supper’ in a mission, a drunk on each arm. Mexico was a favorite destination for me . In 1973 I was traveling in the mountains near Tepic on a second class bus, the only way in to Barre de Navidad (Christmas Reef) . Here I found this young lady ,fascinated with a ‘not seen often’ Gringo with a funny looking device in his hands. She was quite obliging of the moment, all the while her mother keeping a close eye on the proceedings , not wanting to seem to concerned.. This is not a sepia filtered. It is the original light inside the bus.
Before the trip I had purchased an ‘antique’ 35 mm camera at a junk shop for 5 dollars.Probably made in the 40’s I would say. It was ‘semi-automatic’ probably one of the earliest of its kind. I bought some film for it and took it along to record my adventure. I really didn’t know how to use it. In ‘automatic ‘mode you had to adjust the f-stops So I cut the flap off the film box and taped it to the back of the camera.
The flap had a coded diagram that inluded a sun,a cloud over the sun, a moon..etc…etc, this is how I new how to set the exposure for the shots.
I scanned this in a professional scanner at 400 dpi.and pp in CS3.