The Slide Years: Sometimes Bad Is Bad

By Eilene Lyon

The Slide Years is a series in which I select an image my dad took from 1957-1982 with Kodachrome slide film, then I write a stream-of-consciousness essay – a sort of mini-memoir.


You may be looking at this photo and saying “What the…?” When Dad got the box of slides back from the film processor, why on earth didn’t he toss this one? He probably kept it for the same reason I did – it’s just so hilariously BAD.

Dad and Mom are all dressed up, not for a formal affair, maybe something for church, and Dad decided to commemorate the event. He set the camera on the tripod and grossly mis-framed, mis-focused, and chose a crappy backdrop, including a mirror and whatever that round thing is behind their heads.

But the priceless addition of one or two of us kids having sneaked down the stairs from our rooms to peek… Not exactly a photo bomb. Maybe just a photo slap.

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    1. “Classic” – that’s a charitable description! I remember when I had to wait weeks to get my pictures back from the processor, and I’d be pissed if they made me pay for a worthless one (way underexposed, for example).

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