From the Archives

Weymouth Harbour, Dorset, England, with the lifeboat in the foreground

Weymouth Harbour, Dorset, England, in 1955 with the lifeboat in the center

Recently, I have been going through the thousands of color slides I have taken, many languishing for over fifty years in their yellow boxes, and archiving and scanning the more interesting ones. This I took using a Zeiss Contax II 35mm rangefinder camera with a 50mm Sonnar f2.0 lens using Kodachrome 1 slide film (ISO 25). Surprisingly, it has held up extraordinarily well considering it has lived for half its nearly 60 year life in New York humidity and heat alternating with sub zero freezing conditions. I was just 16 years old when I took this picture of my home town in England. In the foreground is the famous Weymouth lifeboat, which constantly ventures out into the violent English Channel gales to perform miraculous rescues.

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