Monday, 28 February 2011

Photographs developed from a found roll of film

From an undeveloped roll of Kodak colour film found inside a Brownie-type of camera. Using Rodinal diluted 1:100, presoaking the film, and then stand developing it for an hour produced usable monochrome negatives from the film. Colour films can be developed with black and white chemicals, as all films contain silver halides which are the light-sensitve element: in colour films these are replaced by dyes in the developing process. As I had no way of knowing how old the film was, and how viable it was for developing in colour chemicals, it made more sense to me to use black & white chemicals to attempt to process the film.
I didn't note down exactly which camera this came from at the time. On the film there are a couple of shots of a girl on a doorstep; the rest of the photographs all suffer from camera shake- there is one shot of the same girl in a back garden, and a two pictures that look like a parade of some sort.

There's something romantic about releasing images that have remained latent on a roll of film for many years. The girl's dress and the domestic architecture date this to any time between the 1960s and early 1980s perhaps.

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