Without being aware of it, I absorbed from him all sorts of compositional principles, such as the rule of thirds and using figures in a landscape to provide a sense of scale. It was also fun to look at an image, consider how it would be affected by different crops and choose the best one.
I recently came across a box of Grandpa's contact sheets from the 60s and 70s. Many of these images are familiar - he printed much of his work and showed it in the local camera club or entered it for competitions. My siblings, cousins and I feature frequently as models. But most interesting to me are the portraits he made of older people from his locale - sympathetic, observant images of compelling, often time-worn faces.
And here's Grandpa himself, looking uncharacteristically forbidding, probably concerned as to whether whoever's on the other side of the camera will do their job properly....
As contact sheets, these images are unedited, uncropped and often marked up, while Grandpa's final images were always immaculate and perfectly framed. But I think there's something touching and compelling in the raw images seen here, and it's fascinating for me to look at several sheets of images from the same session and see which ones he chose to take to the next stage. I hope he'd enjoy the thought that people were looking at these pictures, 50 years later, and appreciating the work on which he spent so much time and effort. xxx