This shows I’m no recent college graduate: when I first backpacked around the world and was shooting photos for articles, I had to pack slide film and then mail the developed slides to the editor. A royal pain as you can imagine if you are trekking through the mountains far away from a city.
So a while back I received a slide converter contraption as a gift that allows you to convert these old relics to digital form. The only problem is, you get what you pay for. It’s the type you see in gadget catalogs and the SkyMall magazine and probably has a 60 percent profit margin. If you tweak the digital images enough after they come out you can get something reasonably approximating what you shot, but they look kind of dreamlike no matter what.
I used to have a slideshow up here from Slide.com, but then the company went out of business and left me with dead links. So here’s one from Google+, which will hopefully stick around longer than Google Reader did. Here I present four decade-old, otherwordly photos from the Himalayas of India and Nepal.