Film Friday Weekend: Film for the Holidays

by | Nov 13, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.—Thomas S. Monson

So many years ago that it now seems like a distant memory, I was a partner in a co-op photography gallery that was located in the historic town of Georgetown, Colorado. I learned several things from this experience: I haven’t found a quicker way to lose money than getting involved in an art gallery and I really loved this quaint little town.

The historic Town of Georgetown is the county seat of Clear Creek County. The Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District comprises Georgetown, the neighboring town of Silver Plume—home of Plume, the producer of the Wafer softbox— and the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park that runs between the two towns. A great train ride for any rail fans out there.

The town sits at  8,530 feet above sea level, nestled in the mountains near the upper end of Clear Creek valley. Georgetown was originally a silver mining camp and was established in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush earning itself the nickname the “Silver Queen of Colorado.” The town stretches north–south along Clear Creek, hemmed in by the mountains, with the historic downtown located at the southern end and modern development located at the northern end of town.

Today’s featured image was made just down the street from the aforementioned gallery and, I believe, that wall at right is part of what, at the time, was the Mayors office. The image was made with a Nikon FM2 film-based SLR and (I think) 50mm f/2 Nikkor lens and shot on Ektachrome film stock, my favorite film back in my original film era. Exposure was unrecorded.

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