Brief Love Story
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Brief Love Story
by J. Ramón Palacios

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And so it began
» Medium format
  35mm SLR
  The Exakta's
  The first Nikon's
  The kids
and the Exaktas
  The Nikkormats
  The FE2
  Into the land of Nikon
The MD-12s
  Upgrading ...
  The F4s and beyond
An endless
love story
Adventures in the Sierra Madre

Medium format ...

The greater format allowed for surprising enlargements, without visible grain. So I had returned to my origins (primitial endeavors with his Reflex Korelle camera) on 6X6 (120).

With only 12 pictures per roll in black and white, one had to be careful with that trigger; as with the guns, each shot had to count and be a success.
Cuitzeo Lake, Michoacan Mexico
Cuitzeo Lake, Michoacan, Mexico
And fortunately they were. So much that my dad decided that we should enjoy the magic of a darkroom. 

Some good day, our first amplifier appeared in my room. We made a jubilant trip to an Agfa store and I returned loaded with trays, tongues, clips, developing tanks, powders and solutions to make magic potions; and since then and for a long, long time ... the nights were shorter.

The first memory I have of my father is of him reading a voluminous book, sitting under the pale light of a standing lamp; the second, of him writing the first of his books, over a very uncomfortable coffee table; but and however, beautifully hand painted by my mother in gold, with an strange 'banana mixture'.

The first memory of my mother is of she singing, with a great smile, looking at me crawling on a floor of shinny red tile, towards a straw toy representing a rider on horseback with a trumpet, perhaps in memory of a 'zapatista' soldier bugle.

In these pictures of them, taken by me in 1960 with Veripan film, they were about to celebrate 20 years of marriage. 

Mom Dad

He would reward himself later with a Yashica 35mm camera, acquired at the first Japanese trade show in Monterrey; she, with one more giant earthenware vase of the famous Puebla 'talavera', from my father's hometown.

From that enduring love for each other and their love for life, three brothers and three sisters were born, and amongst all of my loves, my love for photography.

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