February 10, 2010

What Does Color Negative Film, Expired in 1997 and Shot in 2010, Look Like?

I ran the roll through my plastic panoramic point and shoot.

The slash of hunter's orange looks like a light leak. The green cast is the aging process. The deer has reached the end of his life. (Click an image to enlarge.)

A student suggested converting the images to black and white.

I like the suggestion.

I recently read the Slow Down issue of Good Magazine. Shooting film, expired or not, helps me slow down, brings me right into the moment. I find that it takes a month or so to shoot a 36 exposure roll. Each frame feels sacred.

In contrast, a few weeks ago I shot 56 digital frames during a five minute post-sunset abstraction fest.

Technicians at the local chain drugstore process and scan the film. As with prints, you are only charged for the frames that are actually scanned. I am really glad they scanned this end of roll abstraction.

Like the hunter's orange, I suspect light leaks.

What do you think?

Is this art, or the rationalization of poor image quality?


John Reuter said...

Well, it's hard to say that you couldn't have gotten similar results with newer film. I think sometimes just the notion that it is older material makes it special to shoot but the bottom line is always the image. In a Holga we expect surprises so it fits in nicely with that.

John Nordell said...

Yes, John, it is always about the final image. I wonder if we can figure out a method of "expecting surprise" when using digital gear...

Unknown said...

Well there's definitely rationalization happening, but I love the top image - definitely art!

John Nordell said...

Thanks Pam - I guess sometimes it is possible to have it both ways.