The second half of the photos from my hike from January. I actually prefer these to my colour shots.
One unique thing about using old cameras is sometimes you may just find a roll of film lurking inside the camera, either fully exposed or partly, or not even exposed. I personally believe that the best kind of found film is the ones that is exposed. You’re probably curious to why I’d be interesting to finding someone else’s photos…well it’s not because of some voyeuristic reason, but to see where this camera had been, you know it’s story, who owned it, when was it last used.
I know, it still probably sounds weird to the average person, but I like to know where some of my many cameras have been, and this camera wasn’t even mine. An exploring friend of mine happened across the camera with the roll of film and asked if I could do anything with the film. So I brought it to my usual lab, but they wouldn’t touch it, there wasn’t enough information to know what sort of film it even was. So after some searching online, I took it upon myself to hand develop the film in a darkroom. The film was made by Agfa, so I started searching from there, looking online and eventually finding out it was a b/w film. So I got some Kodak HC-110 developer and took a chance and started the process. Working with this old film I took my time and was very careful, you don’t know what sort of memories could be stored here, a wedding, a birthday, some special anniversary. Or if there were any images on the film anymore. But when I pulled it out from the tank I found six frames that had exposed properly.
It’s odd posting them online, because I don’t know who these men are, or why one was nearly shirtless, but from what I was able to see, it was some sort of hunting/fishing lodge, the images were taken between 1967 and 1971 based on what the 7up can looks like. Anyways, here’s a few of them. Not bad for film that’s been sitting around for at the most 45 years.
So if you, anyone who comes across this post know who these men are or are one of these men, please leave a comment, I’d love to hear the store behind these photos, and I’m also willing to return the negatives to their rightful owner.
Through most of January my part of Ontario had been denied a proper winter, so when I had the urge to go out and shoot in the snow I decided to head a little further North to the little town of Belfountain. I had been tipped off to a conservation area by a fellow photographer Bill Smith and decided to check it out for myself. I saw a couple people when I first got to the park but for a majority of my time there it was blissfully empty. Photography has always been a solo thing for me, so being able to enjoy the snow choked nature alone was perfect. Of course as I was swinging back in I happened across none other than Bill Smith. It’s a small world.
Nikon F4 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D – Kodak Ektar 100
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