Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-09-17 18:03:00 –
Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – UNM’s Alum is on a quest to find people in photographs taken decades across New Mexico. He recently developed the film given to him in the 80’s.
Memories made in New Mexico are shared 40 years later. “It’s a window to another era,” said Robbie Poor, who develops the film.
Originally from Los Alamos, Poor worked as a lighting designer in Albuquerque when someone gave him a movie canister in the 1980s. “I had psychedelic lighting, which means I used filmstrip,” he said. “They recommend using this for one of their art projects, or the Strawberry Zots Lightshow.”
Poore has never used this movie, but still kept it. “About 60 rolls of film wrapped in this. And they are pictures of people. I couldn’t throw it away,” he said.
Poor, who currently lives in North Carolina, decides to spend extra time at home scanning photos during a pandemic. From the Rio Grande Valley to shooting sets to dinner friends, the photos highlight the beautiful scenery, culture and people of the 70’s and 80’s in New Mexico.
“They aren’t looking at their cell phones. They’re all talking. Many of them smoke and have drinks and food. It’s a fascinating glance. It’s a time capsule,” Poore said. Stated. “I forgot a little at that time … It’s not easy, but it’s a very different time, so I miss it a little.”
He is trying to learn the stories of the people photographed and sometimes creates himself along the way. “I don’t know what they’re doing, so I’ll make a story, and I’ll write about it in an interesting way,” Poor said. “There is one woman called’Lady in Blue’. I don’t know who she is, there are several … There is one man called Captain Cool. He has a cool mustache. I had a yacht. “
Poore is currently looking at the new to connect the old.He creates Facebook page called Unknown Metal BoxHe uploads photos, hoping to share his memories with the people they lived in.
“I want to bring these pictures back to who the photographer is, or at least to the people in the picture,” he said. From the beginning, the daughter of a couple with wedding photos contacted to identify their parents.
“She said it was the missing roll of film they didn’t have from the wedding,” he said. “I was surprised. That’s amazing.” He is currently printing photos and sending them to the couple. He hopes to be able to send more photos to others soon.
“It’s just a fascinating mystery I want to solve,” Poore said.
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