Seattle Filmworks Memories

Traci Hilbert, C’90, Drew University | April 1989 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film

I recently purchased a Kodak Scanza film scanner from Amazon.com to scan some of my mid-80s Seattle FilmWorks slides. I am very disappointed. The $160 device claims 22-megapixel scan resolution, but the results were so poor I had my doubts. Some post-purchase internet search revealed that the scanning resolution is actually 14 megapixels and the scanner interpolates the images to 22 megapixels. The scanner is 14MP but offers a 22MP. I guess there was some fine print in the Amazon listing that I missed.

Now I am debating whether to live with that limitation or spend $400 on a Plustek scanner.

In any case, the scanner has been useful. Bhavna “found” a box of my 35mm film prints, negative and colour slides in the basement. I am slowly working my way through this “lost treasure”. I found some of my Seattle FilmWorks slides from 1989. These are probably from my junior year at Drew University. I had bought the Pentax P3 camera for my winter semester photography course and was still learning. My friends tolerated my new found obsession. Seattle FilmWorks film was originally intended for motion picture cameras but in the 1980s Seattle FilmWorks package the film in 35mm spools. The motion picture film development process, ECN-2, is the standard development process for all modern motion picture colour negative developing, but the film tends to fade rapidly.

Except for half of the Junior year when Bhavna did a semester in London, Traci was Bhavna’s roommate for her entire Drew University journey. I spent so much time in their room that Traci joked that I was her second roommate. We are still in touch via Facebook, but we’re not as close as we once were.

My roommate, Dalton Einhorn, C’90 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film

Dalton and I lost touch when I went off to the University of Michigan and then even after I moved to New Jersey. But this year we reconnected via Facebook and messaged each other almost once a week. He introduced me to East Coast rap music. He was a big fan of Run DMC and L.L. Cool Jay. Dalton is Head of Pharma at CVC.

Jonathan Spanier, Physics, C’90 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film

Jonathan and I were never close but given that there were only five physics majors on campus our paths crossed often. Jonathan is a Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University.

Bhavna’s roommate, Debbie Barkhausen, C’90 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film
Bhavna and Kavita Sethuraman, C’90 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film

For one year when Bhavna lived on campus, she shared a room at the International House with Traci and Debbie and Kavita. The room was right next to mine. It was a large room, and we share and ensuite closet. Kavita consults for the Office of Food for Peace/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, USAID. Traci works in the Academic Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics at Muhlenberg College.

Yesha Naik, C’92 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film
Randy, C’1992 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film

Yesha and Randy were freshmen we met in my junior year at Drew University. Yesha and Randy were friends. Yesha was the youngest freshman I met at Drew. She was just 17. We took her under our wing and Randy was part of the package. Yesha is a Senior Children’s Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library.

My good friend Scott Nation, Georgia Tech, 1989-1990 | Pentax P3 | SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 | Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Colour Negative Film

I met Scott in 1989 during my first year at the Georgia Institute of Technology shortly after I transferred from Drew University to complete my degree in electrical engineering. Scott was a friendly and kind-hearted southern gentleman. He taught me to love sweet tea, cornbread and grits. When Scott realised that I would not be returning home to New York for Thanksgiving, he invited to his home to eat with his family. That’s where I learned about football, eating too much, sleeping and getting up early for Black Friday.

Good memories.

Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.

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