We’ve come a Long Way Baby

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Today you can pick up a Nikon Coolpix underwater camera for a few hundred bucks and grab yourself some underwater shots pretty easily.  Not so in the old days.  These photos go back to the early 50′s when my dad became fascinated with scuba diving (after seeing the film “The Frogmen, “1951) and underwater photography.  He developed one of the first underwater camera cases, which resulted in his being invited by Jacques Cousteau aboard the Calypso so that Mr. Cousteau could see it.  The model is my mom, Jean Lefavour.

E.J. Lefavour

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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20 Responses to We’ve come a Long Way Baby

  1. so beautiful, thank you for sharing

  2. J.C. says:

    awesome…so cool-

  3. Deb Nypaver says:

    Your posts are always so interesting and your Mom was beautiful!

  4. Ann Kennedy says:

    What wonderful photos! Your mom is truly beautiful! I hope you continue to post more of your discoveries. (When I was 10, I took scuba lessons in preparation for a trip to the Bahamas. The instructor put all the gear on me and tossed me into the pool–I didn’t believe that I could breathe under water so I held my breath the entire length of the pool. –haha! What a wimp.)

    • E.J. says:

      Glad to see that you’re back able to comment again! How long did it take for you to believe you could breathe underwater? It was a long time ago, but I seem to remember practicing breathing from the tank before going underwater, but I also was used to snorkeling and had been a mermaid in my last life, so breathing underwater wasn’t foreign to me.

  5. Interesting, and I like the lighting set-up at poolside.

    • Deb says:

      But man, that lighting by the pool is truly scary! One slip and ZAP! there goes whoever might have been enjoying the water!

      Nice pics EJ! Your dad must have been a cool guy to even attempt the waterproof case! And as others have said, your mom is beautiful!

      • E.J. says:

        You’re not kidding! I never thought about that – Mom and Dad could have been both gone in one fell swoop! Dad was, and still is very creative and inventive. If he wanted to do something and there wasn’t the equipment available to do it, he’d invent and build it, like the underwater camera case. He designed and manufactured wet suits back in the day when everyone used dry suits. He was great at inventing and creating, but not so much at patenting his creations. He is also a good artist.

  6. Wow, awesome story and I was going to ask who that cute woman who’s face was in the photo with you naked in the sink. Now I know. A hot model.

  7. Meg Lee says:

    Totally cool and interesting! You’ve got some awesome memorabilia! Not to mention great discussion topics at cocktail parties !

  8. Rebecca Reynolds says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing EJ.

  9. gregbover says:

    Great post EJ.

  10. Linda Colman says:

    I believe your beautiful mother was a mermaid in a past life too. Such joy in her face!

  11. Kim Smith says:

    Just Beautiful EJ (your Mom) and thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Jenn Cullen says:

    What a wonderful story and pics, love it!!

    • E.J. says:

      Thanks Jenn. I am really enjoying going back and discovering/rediscovering some of my immediate family history that ties into a greater general history about scuba diving, etc.

  13. Dave Moore says:

    Excellent and very nice a memory lane for sure Thank You! Walk back to go forward what it’s all about :-)
    Sea Hunt – Beginning and End (Yep Star Trek Spock was in this too)!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HFdvCy6ivY )

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