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MMDT Challenge #8: The 1970s

Challenge #8  -  Photo Challenge - Inspired by… Pop Culture from the Decade you were born.


Create a page that is inspired by the events, entertainment, or fashion, etc. of that decade.


You can use images from the decade but there must be at least one main focal photo that is current.


In your Journella Post you should include the decade and items/events chosen for inspiration as well as further explanation of the inspiration. (If possible include images or words that inspired your page(s).




When I thought about the decade I was born (the 1970s), I had a hard time thinking of something I could take a current photograph of that would correspond to something that was popular back then. I thought about the very first video game: PONG!





I had PONG when I was little, and I remember playing for hours upon hours. I found this image online and pictured immediately how I could use black paper and Spring Green Grid Paper to reproduce the classic PONG screen as a background for my photos. I pictured the paddles as the 1” x 3.25” PaperTiles and the ball, of course, would be a 1” square tile.





I thought I should keep with the game theme and reminisced about games I played in the 70s versus the games I play today. Back then, I played board games with my family, PONG and eventually Atari at the end of the 70s. That’s me and my Pop-Pop playing Candy Land and Tennis. Look at those vintage yellow yarn ribbons in my hair!! I used photos of vintage wooden Scrabble tiles for my THEN title.


Today, my roommate and I play Halo on Xbox…slightly more advanced than PONG! I play a lot of games on my iPhone, including Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds and Words with Friends. They may not look like photos, but they are…taken from my phone during play. The NOW title is made from photos of the Words with Friends letter tiles from my phone. I like the way they contrast with the vintage Scrabble tiles for my THEN title.


Thanks for joining me in this blast from the past! 


Shared by Heather Cartland on April 15, 2013 | Memory Date: April 15, 2013
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In the days when computers were young, I used them to help get work done. Our boys asked to play games on the computer and we said, "no, it's not a toy!" So what do our boys do now (ages 30 and 32)? They play all the games they can get their hands on, PLUS they use computers for work . . . I love what you've done here and the contrast you've created between then and now. The colors work well and the comparisons hit the spot. Great job.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  April 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm   
This is awesome! I love how you turned the paper into Pong.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  April 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm   
What a neat idea! Spent alot of time a pizza hut with their pong game. Like the then and now...boy how times have changes. Great job!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  April 24, 2013 at 12:46 am   
The board games are timeless aren't they? What a memory to have playing games with family. Having photos to tell the story...Priceless.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  April 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm   
Love the pictures of you and your pop playing games. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  April 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm   
Heather, I really like the game theme! I am a 70s baby too! And, yes, I played Atari! Pacman forever!!! Great job. I like how you centered the images on your pages as well. Nice job!
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  April 20, 2013 at 3:21 am   
You did a great job representing the 70s and I like that you used the now games. This is very clever. Good job.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  April 18, 2013 at 2:33 am   

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