The discus thrower

What it is:

Photo measuring approx. 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


It’s the weekend, so perhaps a little sporting action?  Incidentally, I’m not sure what all those tiny vertical lines are, as if the photo was taken in the rain.  It doesn’t seem like my photo is scratched.  Perhaps there was some damage to the negative, or some glitch in the development process?  I’m not expert enough to know what might have caused that.  I didn’t even notice it until I enlarged the scan.  But I figured our champ was worth a viewing anyway.

3 comments on “The discus thrower”

  1. Funny; I could explain the stripes if it had been printed on a modern printer–looks just like “banding.” But given that it was done in a traditional photo bath…maybe the photo paper had gotten scratched before the image was printed on it.

  2. Upon further pondering my memories of photo-printing class, I’m thinking your idea about the negative being damaged could very well be true. The photo looks like it could have been printed by a hobbyist, and maybe he* had some trouble developing the negatives perfectly, and they got streaky.

    *I’m guessing not too many teenage (or thereabouts) boys would pose this way–and with such casualness–in front of a girl photographer. Though on second thought, possibly the subject felt that the discus attitude was manly enough to cancel out his baggy workout clothes.

    • I was thinking it might have been a photo taken for a school newspaper or yearbook, which means the processing of the photo would have been handled by a student amateur involved in the school’s paper or yearbook club. The photo may not have been handled properly because the handler was still learning.

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