ORPHAN FILMS 'BONUSPRINT' IMAGE 7 DOUBLE EXPOSURE BABY

ORPHAN FILM – STRANGE IMAGES FROM FOUND NEGATIVES

Found negatives: I am a prolific liberator of film.

I cannot help myself.  If I am in a charity shop (thrift store for my overseas readers), I compulsively check cameras to see if there is film left in them.  If I find an orphaned film, I liberate it from its musky prison and unleash the visual treats it contains.

So the other day, whilst rummaging through my drawers, I happened upon a roll of 35mm film by ‘Bonusprint’, which I suspect was from the 1990’s judging by the branding etc.  I have no idea where the film came from, so assume it was one I had previously rescued and totally forgotten about. The colours on the negatives have bled considerable, which would suggest it is quite old and has been lying around for some time.  Some of the banding also looks like the result of scanning at an airport.

I took it to work and processed then scanned the more interesting negatives, some of which you can see below.  I have no idea where it was shot, it looks like America but beyond that I did not recognise anything.  However, one frame appeared to be of a ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ attraction so I set about my best detective work.  It looks very much like photos of the Orlando, Florida venue they have.

What I cannot establish is whether this a film from a holiday or someone who lived in America – the photos of the gym are a bit of a curve ball.  I love the limited knowledge about someone I get when I adopt a film, the only insight into their lives is the few shots they took that I get to look at.  A limited window into a life I will have no connection with otherwise.

Take a look at the images I managed to rescue from the rather damaged negs below – personally I really love them, the distortions and accidental double exposures are fascinating.

Any theories on the origins of this film would be most welcome!

Wet Leaves, Whiteladies Road, Bristol (2016)

NEW IMAGES: BLACK & WHITE PRINTS FROM 35mm DIARY

MY NEW FRIEND – OLYMPUS 35RC

Whilst I often have some form of camera with me to take images of anything that looks intriguing, it usually tends to be something digital for convenience or my phone where the images end up on my instagram @ourworldmyeye.

Despite occasionally walking round with my Hasselblad, it is not the most convenient tool for the commute to work or daily life.  Keen to do a bit more film photography, however, I decided to raid my camera museum and see what might fit the bill for a pocket sized 35mm camera I could use as a visually diary.

OLYMPUS 35 RC Image taken from Ken Rockwells amazing photography site: OLYMPUS 35 RC (image from http://kenrockwell.com

OLYMPUS 35RC
Image taken from Ken Rockwells amazing photography site: http://kenrockwell.com

It was then I remembered about my trusty Olympus 35RC – a small, manual,  range-finder with a great lens and enough quality and control to not frustrate me!

So I have been travelling around with it in my pocket and snapping away a few rolls of film and getting back into the darkroom to make some prints.

I thought I would share a few of the first images to come out that I quite like – hopefully the first of many!

NOTE – these are photographs of B&W darkroom prints, so forgive the less than perfect reproduction of tones!

Octon experimental shoot - multiple exposure 1 - shot on Mamiya RZ67

TEST SHOOT: OCTONS, A STUDIO & MAMIYA RZ67

TEST SHOTS ON THE MIGHTY MAMIYA RZ67

I have been doing a lot of experimenting recently, just out of curiosity of what things look like when photographed.

Also making the most of a host of new facilities and equipment I have access to in my new job at UWE.

I am currently doing the artwork for an album (more details to come in due course) and have been working on some multiple exposures for the concept.

Having done it digitally, I was curious as to the effect of doing multiple exposures shot on 120 film in a studio setting.  The images were shot on the Mamiya RZ67

Here are the results – only very quickly scanned and edited to give a taste of the idea so forgive the imperfections.