Found Film

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Sometimes, when you receive a vintage camera, it happens to find inside an old negative, forgotten there for who knows how many decades. It happened to me twice in the past, into a folding 6×6 Rheinmetall Weltax and a few days ago, in another folding MF, the Agilux Agifold. In the first case, the roll was totally blocked and I could not avoid exposing it to light to pull it out. I only remember that it had a red bordeaux paper. This time, however, having noticed through the rear window the presence of a film (at N° 10), I rewound with the intention of developing it. It was an old Tri X Pan Professional, which I developed  semi-stand on Adonal (Rodinal) 1: 100 for an hour. Results? Totally disappointing but ….

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Apart from a film, obviously very old and poorly maintained (although the camera is in very good condition and working properly), at least from the point of view of temperature, completely devoid of information for the equivalent of 10 frames in the other …. two (the first) could be glimpsed something. Nothing fancy, mind you, but enough to project ourselves back a few decades, in a quiet british little town (i suppose, given the origin of the camera). A lady proudly shows some trophies, probably won in one of those  typically English garden contests. Two negatives very spoiled … inconspicuous in this era of ultra-perfect images …. but very evocative of the atmosphere of an era. Little stories, those of our family photographs, which hold memories, and sometimes, push them around the world to become universal.

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(Versione Italiana)

Alle volte, quando si riceve una fotocamera vintage, capita di trovare all’interno un vecchio negativo, dimenticato lì dentro da chissà quanti decenni. A me è capitato due volte: in passato, dentro una folding 6×6 Rheinmetall Weltax e pochi giorni fa, dentro un’altra folding MF, l’Agilux Agifold. Nel primo caso, il rullo era totalmente bloccato e non ho potuto evitare di esporlo alla luce per estrarlo. Ricordo solo che aveva la carta protettiva rosso bordeaux. Questa volta, invece, avendo notato dalla finestrella posteriore la presenza di una pellicola (al n°10), l’ho riavvolta con l’intenzione di svilupparla. Era una vecchia Tri X Pan Professional, che ho sviluppato con il metodo semi-stand in Adonal (Rodinal) 1:100 per un’ora. Risultati? Totalmente deludenti ma….

A parte una pellicola, evidentemente molto vecchia e mal conservata (nonostante la fotocamera sia in ottime condizioni e perfettamente funzionante), almeno dal punto di vista della temperatura, completamente priva d’informazioni per l’equivalente di 10 fotogrammi…. nei restanti due (i primi) s’intravedeva qualcosa. Niente di eccezionale, intendiamoci, ma sufficiente per proiettarci indietro di qualche decennio, in una tranquilla cittadina britannica (suppongo, data la provenienza della fotocamera). Una signora mostra orgogliosa alcuni trofei, probabilmente vinti in uno di quei contest di giardinaggio tipicamente inglesi. Due negativi molto rovinati… poco appariscenti in quest’epoca d’immagini ultra-perfette…. ma decisamente evocativi di un’atmosfera e di un epoca. Piccole storie, quelle della nostra fotografia famigliare, che trattengono i ricordi ed a volte, li spingono in giro per il mondo per renderli universali. 

Tech Data:

Camera: Agilux Agifold III 6×6 – Film: Kodak TriX Pan Professional – Develoèer: Adonal 1:100 – Scanner: Epson V550

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4 thoughts on “Found Film

  1. I’ve found a few films in old cameras and I’ve been lucky enough to get some reasonable negatives from them but mine were 35mm and not as old as the film you found. Although the images you got weren’t brilliant I think you tried the right approach with stand development and thanks for showing the results.

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  2. Amazing how a distant memory … when was it that the lady held the trophys in her hands? … comes back to our eyes like this.

    But I have to admit it could also happen to me, I have still some old undeveloped film in my own cabinet :p

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