Slide Film

My grandfather, Nicholas Dudkoff, was in the photo department for the Canadian Army in WW2, and as a result his composition and technical knowledge of the camera were stronger than that of the typical family documenting life’s milestones. When he got out of the army he took up silk screening and opened his own business instead of pursuing a photography career like his brother George Dudkoff, who became owner of the influential William Notman & Son.

My grandparents lived in Montreal (Verdun & Point Claire) most of their lives and then bought a run-down farm house in Saint-Armand, Quebec with no running water or electricity that was inhabited by a hermit. They spent most of their lives restoring the late 1800’s home. The photos below were digitised from slide film by my uncle in the early 2000s. I love the framing and movement in them. It was hard to be objective because there is always a sense of longing and nostalgia that’s felt looking at old family photos because you knew the people in them, but I hope you think they are as beautiful as I do.