“Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never was.”—Will Rogers
I made the above photograph on January 1, 1976 shortly after I bought my first Hasselblad, a chrome-bodied 500CM with black 80mm T* lens. Just to make us all feel bad, I paid $667 for the whole package, including a A12 back. The image was shot on Ektachrome 120 film that was scanned back when Kodak offered it’s wonderful (I still miss it) Photo CD scanning service.
The photograph of the house in Maryland where I was living at the time and that I call “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” because my life has changed so much since that time. So its not just the price of Hasselblad’s that’s changed. Today that same camera in excellent condition is worth $1000, while a new Hasselblad H5D-50c is $35,995. By comparison, the average price of a 2017 Mercedes CLA sedan is $32,400.
Just five years after that photograph was made, my life drastically changed and that my friends is the subject of my book…
My 35th book, A Life In Photography is a combination of self-published autobiography and guide to the business of photography—learning by avoiding my mistakes— and will be published next year—I promise.