What to do with a bunch of old instamatic photos from the 1970s. Instamatics were popular point-and-shoot cameras that used square format, 126 film in easy to install cartridges. My own first camera was an instamatic. The low quality of the camera and the cheap film has left us with faded snapshots 40 years later.
Technically these are not “found photos” as I know the source. I ended up with a stack of some of my grandmother’s photos albums. Albums filled with snapshots from Florida vacations with her friends and coworkers. My grandmother had a successful careeras a department store buyer and these pictures were taken on well-deserved vacations. Look closely, she is in some of the shots. There is a lot of drinking, smoking, and partying going on as well as fishing and lying in the sun.
Because the photos are not family photos, they had no personal, sentimental value for me. Get out the scissors, reach for the glue! Here are some of the originals now repurposed in a new series of photo collages.