Cross this bridge at a walk

Cross this bridge at a walk
Kodak Monitor Six-20 Anastigmat Special
Kodak Gold 200 (expired)
2013

I won’t soon forget the day I made this photograph. Margaret and I were still dating, and I took her to Bridgeton to see the bridge.

Bridgeton had always been a private place for me, a place I go when life has knocked me around hard and I need to reconnect with the good in the world. At first it was because the people of Bridgeton had kept the original 1868 bridge in good repair. Later it was because after arson destroyed that bridge, those same people rallied to build a new bridge.

It was this day I shared this little piece of my heart with her. Funny it felt that way, because some years before I told the world about Bridgeton on this blog here.

It was a truly lovely day. Margaret packed a light picnic lunch, which we shared on a grassy area alongside the bridge. She asked a passerby to photograph us with another film camera I had along. I can’t find that photograph!

If you’re wondering why this photo on Kodak Gold 200 is in black and white, it’s because Dwayne’s processed it in black-and-white chemicals by mistake. On this photo, at least, it worked out fine.

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13 thoughts on “single frame: Cross this bridge at a walk

  1. I was thinking the other day how strange it is that I sometimes tell stories on my blog that I’m not ready to share in real life. I’m rather introverted and there are some things that are hard to say aloud or that I hold sacred in some way so they aren’t shared with many. I suppose writing is easier and sharing with my blog audience is simply storytelling to mostly strangers- not necessarily letting them in too far.

    This is a great picture. Love the black and white!

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  2. Heide says:

    What would possess someone to burn such a beautiful bridge?! Thank goodness those fellows were willing to rebuild it, and restore this place that has been so important to you. Lovely photo and post, Jim.

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    • Me too. It would have been a real shame if that film had been washed out in the b/w chemistry. At the time 620 film was hard to come by. The Film Photography Project hand-rerolls 120 film onto 620 spools now and sells it through their site, making it easier to get.

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  3. Ric Bell says:

    Very interesting article. We too have a bridge in a nearby town slated for demolition that has a close connection to a lot of people. It is about as wide as your bridge and was the only crossing of the Columbia River for many years. Two vehicles could only pass with inches too spare. It was built in 1912, a little younger than the bridge in your article.

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