Happy Accident


it happened back in the days when I didn’t use the multi surface markers yet. So I had no way to mark which film was shot already, and which one not. And as I shot a lot (working at the photo lab helped not to stop a lot), I was famous for carrying around tones of films at the same time.
So, I finally decided to shot a roll of Fuji Provia 100 ISO slide and process it as E-6 instead of more common cross processing.
That summer I went to Vilnius, Lithuania to visit my best friend Julia, a girl with the same name as mine, and quite a similar personality. But she had 2 children, 3 dogs, 2 husbands and few birds and turtles, nothing like me at all. Childrens names were Alisa Root and Robert Just (because he was born “just like that”, which meant quick and easy , I guess- as Julia explained to me). Dogs names were Bura (which meant Storm. Her real name was different, but Julias Latvian husband wasn’t able to pronounce it), Erica and Macintosh.
So, one morning, after obligatory porridge and real herbal tea (Julia collects all the herbs herself), off for a walk we went. Never could make up my mind, who likes being outdoor more- children, or dogs? hmmm
We came across the seesaws- favorite by all the children, and the light was so perfect! Every time Alisa would make a move up, the sun rays would illuminate her face, and then off she went, down into the shadow. And then back into the sun light.
So, I shot the whole film of this funky family, returned back to St.Petersburg, Russia there I lived at that time, and then my mother suddenly expressed the wish to travel somewhere together. She suggested Kiev, capital of Ukraine, I suggested Sevastopol, also Ukrainian town, but by the Black Sea. So, we bought train tickets and in 34 hours were there, motherland of my now gone father.
On the beach we met some locals, with whom we became friends. They used to work as policemen, both of them, in some cold parts of Russia, which enable them to retire at 40. So they moved to Sevastopol and were renting rooms to tourists. They had a car and drove as around for a small fee. I expressed a wish to see the lavender fields- my soft spot- but they were out of season. I took pictures anyway: of mom, new friends, lavender close ups, some insects, etc.
Once we get back home, I asked the Hermitage museum photo lab guy to process my slide films as E-6 (our lab only did C-41), and how surprised I was to find both of my recent journeys to overlap each over! ’Cause my initial goal was actually to see how the real slide film look like.

So, here are those shots, I hope you enjoy:


written by neja on 2011-03-11


  1. gm_mcleod
    gm_mcleod ·

    I really like the way the photos turned out!!

  2. neja
    neja ·

    thank u!

  3. pomps
    pomps ·

    What a great accident! the photos are super! may be sometime I´ll try to use a film twice!

  4. dj3555
    dj3555 ·

    nice story , and photos by SuperModel , U#1