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Christian Radich - On The Stage - A 40 Year Journey

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

Two views taken by your web master of the CHRISTIAN RADICH in virtually the same location, though separated by around 40 years. The first picture was taken in the early 1970s at the old Prince's Landing Stage. The exact date is not recalled as detailed notes were not kept back then. (I would like to hear from anyone who can date the photo but I suspect it to be around 1971/3). CHRISTIAN RADICH was very much a TV star in the 1970s as she had made appearances in the BBC TV maritime drama The Onedin Line and did so to the end of this excellent series. Though much of the film footage of this superb full rigged ship along with that of DANMARK and SOREN LARSEN was actually 'stock footage'. Unfortunately it is not possible to display the 1970s image  any larger as it reveals the appalling quality of the plastic lens which was fitted to the Kodak 127 Brownie  being used at the time. Would any one dare sell a camera which offered such bad results today? Even most mobile telephone cameras produce better results.


The original Kodak Brownie 127 image presents quite a difference from the Leica Elmarit with which the September 2013 photographs were taken.

However, in the 1970s your web master was still at school, didn't know much about cameras, and had limited resources.

Fortunately things changed shortly after when access to a grandfather's Praktica SLR was possible on an occasional basis and a photographic awakening began!

However, it was to be some years before a camera was pointed at ships on a regular basis as railways appeared more interesting from the mid 1970s to the beginning of the 1990s.

Little was it realised 40 years ago that photography would have evolved from paper, film and chemicals into the digital medium is today.

These photographs are a reminder not only of the consistency of time when it comes to  the lines of a beautiful timeless classic ship, but also the changes in photography.


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