Homage To A Vanished Culture by wysiwig ()
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Anyone remember film? It came in little metal cylinders that you would put into your camera. Once all the film was used you would take the cylinder to something called a "PhotoLab" and hope like hell you got back something usable. Sometimes you would only get back part of a roll, the missing frames usually being your best images. Sometimes the film came back scratched or dirty. Whatever the situation, it was always your fault. At least according to the lab technician. Ahh, good times!
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I remember taking lots of shots for a background for a poster I was comisioned to do for a small film company. The effect I needed was bright lights, rather abstract and over exposed. The photo lab didnt develope any of them as they said none of them had come out. As you can imagine I was not pleased because I needed them that day.
Man, I remember photofilm very well! Sometimes it was like the Krypton Factor trying to get the bloody thing in the camera! (On a side note, I used the name Jaeger precisely because it sounds like the German word for "hunter". That's what they are in my story. Actually did my research on that one! Ha ha! I'm also so glad that you picked up on it!)
I do remember film very well & though there is some fond nostalgia associated with it, I'm very happy with today's digital technology. As a non-professional photographer on a budget, it is very liberating to not have to worry about wasting or running out of film...
Around 1975, I was taking a photo class in college and had developed a picture of our poodle which I really liked. So I did a large print of it and left it in the dryer because I had to leave for work. The next day I came in to pick up my picture, but I guess someone else must have like it also, because it was nowhere to be found. It was the last day of class. I never did get that large print I wanted. Of course, back in those days our budget was very limited..
I couldn't deal with film, and didn't start seriously with a camera until digital had come along a good ways. I do remember other people's complaints, though! Once I worked as an accounting temp in a photo lab for a couple weeks. They gave me a tour of the processing line. Fascinating! Someone actually sits at a machine at the lab "correcting" the color. Yikes!
I remember that they never gave me my slow speed photos or my night shots, the first because they said they were moved and the latter because they said they were underexposed. But the magic of the darkroom was something else. I could spend hours there, I still have D-76, dektol, fixer and paper boxes, also my contrast filters and tanks and trays.
We all have a story to tell, great isn't it ? here is mine - not much of a story, but that was then ... It happened a few times that I wound the film on, or so I thought! and then surprise, surprise? - I had 2 pix in 1 frame! which wasn't developed by the lab, naturally ... just recently, I came across an old baby negative of Jeff (with another one over the top of it, of course) ... and had 'the mistake' finally developed, even-so it was funny/strange looking in a way, I liked it ;) thanks for the memories Mark, BB
I found a roll of used undeveloped film the other day. I've no idea what's on it. Very likely cats. Here's my film story, and it's a horror story most frightening. I was a new mother. My mother had bought me some wonderful gowns with Velcro in the proper place for the use of baby. Becoming a new mother can be a pretty exhausting deal, which must be my excuse for carelessly neglecting to reseal the Velcro and exposing myself to the mischievous and I may add totally wrong behavior of my husband. When I looked through some images picked up from being developed, there I was, a lot of me, with Charles having slipped down into slumber and not covering anything. Had I been sleeping in angelic beauty, such exposure might have at least have left my ego unscathed, but no. My head was back, mouth open, and chin doubled. This is the first and only time that I have cut up a negative into tiny, tiny pieces. And I knew that it was probably a good idea to find another photo lab. At least, it was before the days of the internet.
Stunning! I remember film, and used quite a bit of it, but I never learned to develop my own shots and so I never really delved into actual photography until digital came along! Funny how that works! Ah, but I remember film, and I remember that particular smell that always came with your freshly developed photos. As for this image: I love the intensity of the reds and the dark surroundings. Night time shots like this are a primary love of mine and this stands up with the best of them! Ah...film! My experience isn't that extensive, but I do miss the smell!
Just had a talk with an older Gentleman at a show we both had a booth in who only used film in his work. He was starting to have trouble in obtaining film to continue his work. I still own an old 35MM Pentax camera but haven't used it in years. thanks for the memories and for this awesome photo!!