Those Lost Pictures


You know this usually happens. You go to the lab and you don't feeling like scanning all the negatives. When you go again to pick up the results you get upset. Just a few were saved. But shouldn't be us who decides?

Yesterday I decided to organise my negatives. It was Spanish day and I don’t feel like watching the army parade. So I started labelling my rolls. Suddenly some of pictures I saw were strange to me. I checked it once, twice… uhmm, I don’t remember having this! These rolls were there for 2 years and some of the pictures hadn’t been seeing. So I decided to scan the negatives. They were destroyed as I’m not the most organised person in the world. Scratched, full of fingerprints … what a disaster. The first one made me almost give up but I went on. Some of the pictures were not good enough but who is the one that decides a picture isn’t worthy to be shown? Some of them, even with the light leaks, the scratches and the fingerprints look good enough to submit an entry or at least, create a “mistaken album”.

Some were taken with an Holga using 35mm film without back, others simply 120 films.

This is for beginners: when you take your films to the lab, check you have everything done. Sometimes they take the decision of killing your pictures!

written by disdis on 2009-10-22 in #news #fingerprints #beginners #kill #holga #film-developing #scratches #35mm #lost-pictures #leaks #life #film-lab


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hey, some are amazing and it would have been sad to miss them !

  2. honeytrees
    honeytrees ·


  3. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    i have a friend in a lab and he checks everything for me, so nice. i am planning on getting a scanner though, because the reason he checks them so well is because their scanner decides what is and is not a good picture...

  4. disdis
    disdis ·

    Of course, my scanner is not the best for negatives but anyway... as this is something that usually happens with some labs... Maybe some of the pictures could become better if I had a good scanner.

  5. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    lofi katchup

  6. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Great lo-fi =)))

  7. pauladavies
    pauladavies ·

    man, this is one more thing that made me remember I have rolls of 35mm i haven't scanned i don't know why. maybe it's a sign i'll have a nice surprise. thanks for the tip!

  8. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    I hate when they do it.

  9. threemoons
    threemoons ·

    After I had my first two rolls from my first Diana totally screwed up by a lab (they kept scanning and printing in rectangular, not square format, and totally forgot to scan one roll--they scanned the same roll twice!) I bucked up and paid out for my own scanner. No regrets--I got a great Canon 8800 for under $200 and it's already paid for itself.

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