Ever lost a roll of film to an accident? It’s sad, right? Now imagine losing dozens of them in a flood just like what happened to photographer Glen Luchford — that’s hundreds of photographic masterpieces ruined. But then, serendipity happened. Read more after the jump!
In his new book, Damaged Negatives, Luchford compiled dozens of photographs that he had taken over the years, but were later on ruined in storage.
“I put the images in storage for two weeks,” Luchford explains, “which turned into two months. The entire storage unit [got] flooded and the owner didn’t tell anyone, so by the time I arrived, the images were just mostly gone or in a state of high deterioration.”
What at first seemed to be an unfortunate turn of events became a source of inspiration as each damaged photograph took a brand new life of its own. The swirls and whorls of oxidation, and the seemingly burned edges, lend the images a more mysterious tone, making the already enchanting photographs more haunting.
So, what do you guys think of the results? Do you happen to have photographs that shared the same fate as the ones above? Leave your comments below!
Damaged Negatives is out in stores in December, and is published by Dashwood Books.