[EN] I’m sure you’ve read somewhere a classical story about a successful recovery of a decades old exposed but undeveloped photographic negative roll-film found inside a similarly old camera brought from a flea market? Yes, that’s true, it had just happened to me too!
Your help is needed to share this to all your British friends. Who knows, maybe someone will hopefully recognise his/ her family, and I’ll have the opportunity to return these images to those entitled to receive them. Continue reading
[RO] Nu-i asa ca ati citit pe undeva ca in interiorul unui aparat de fototografiat vechi, cumparat din targ, s-a gasit un film expus dar nedevelopat, care, surpriza, la developare, chiar si dupa cateva zeci de ani, a fost recuperat? Ei bine, e adevarat, tocmai ce mi s-a intamplat si mie acest lucru.
Va rog sa distribuiti aceste imagini prietenilor vostri britanici. Cine stie, poate cineva isi va recunoaste familia, iar eu voi avea posibilitatea sa returnez aceste imagini celor in drept sa le primeasca.
[EN] The story is like this: a couple of days ago I bought a cheap, but somehow rare, camera (BALDA BALDIX 75mm f2,9 BALTAR LENS, FOLDING CAMERA, made till the 60’s), and, to my surprise, when I had open it, I had found an exposed but undeveloped old roll film inside. Of course I had it developed right away, and, as a surprise again, I was able to recover 10 quite usable images, especially when considering their age.
This is a Kodacolor X colour negative, made by Kodak between 1963 and 1974. The processing technology, named C-22 is a quite ancient one and isn’t compatible with the newer and better known C-41. Anyway, I’ve learned this C-22 is still possible to be processed as a manually developed black and white film, and this is just what I’ve done. This is the explanation to the fact that even being a colour negative film, the pictures I recovered are actually black and white.
About the images, is quite easy to notice that we are witnessing a discrete low profile wedding, happened somewhere in a small town, or a rural area. The cars we see in the pictures are telling us quite clear we are in England, and it’s somehow confirmed by the landscape and human subjects too. Talking about the cars, one of them, that one already wedding decorated, is an Austin Maxi, made in England between 1969 and 1981, and this particular one, it seems it was made in the first part of the interval, judging by the mirrors position. Obviously, I searched online for the plate number, and I discovered that car was actually first registered in Edinburgh, somewhere between August 1973 and July 1974.
Going all over this again, we have a camera made till the 60’s, a colour negative roll film produced somewhere between 1963 and 1974, a film developing process popular between 1950 and 1973 only, and a 1973-1974 Edinburgh registered car, produced between1969 and 1981… so, we probably we aren’t quite wrong saying we witness a Scottish wedding from 1973.
So, we achieve the technical performance of processing a 43 years old negative and to recover some images which not even those pictured in them had not ever been able to see them. Decades surviving images inside a photographic camera that hasn’t been opened all this time. We’ve also learned that the camera was shipped from Southam (UK), near Birmingham, were was placed years in a row on a shelf of a local collector who it seems that he never had the curiosity to open it. Of course, this is a great experience for a photographer like me considering the fact that I was able to process a roll film exposed 5 years before my birth.