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.

2 Comments

  1. This is a fantastic story and credit to you for taking the time and patience to carefully develop the film. And a clever bit of detective work with the 7-Up can too!

    I was recently give a box of of about 100 old photographs that were found in an attic during a house clearance. The photos seem to date from around the 1920s and are just everyday pictures of a family on various holidays. Nevertheless I find them fascinating. Although I primarily shoot film, I have nothing against digital photography as such. What does concern me, however, is the attitudes to photographs that have come about through the use of digital. It saddens me that most people no longer make prints and that very often the photos just languish on mobile phones, eventually getting lost. It’s a shame that in the future nobody will find an old shoe box in a cellar full of old memories.

    Of course, in 100 years time kids may come across their Grandparent’s Flickr streams and be equally fascinated. That may well be the same thing. But I like the idea that years after I’m gone, someone may come across one of my albums in a dusty junk shop and wonder, just for a few minutes, who the photographer and the people in the photographs were.

  2. A comment on importance. The fleeting moments that usually evaporate in time are the most important, to my mind. Exactly like the moments you retrieved here. Weddings and anniversaries are, for the most part, over-recorded. In contrast, the value of these snapshots is that they were forgotten in the camera. And so it is the ordinary, the unremarkable, and the most easily forgettable moments which we are now privileged to see. Forgotten film almost always contains the nobility of the mundane.

    My favorite is the over-lit empty chair at the head of the table, presumably the photographer’s seat, with his friends disappearing into darkness as the reach of the flash-bulb fades.

    Skillfully developed film.

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