The Mysterious Svema from Ukraine: I bought the expired Black & White 120 film from eBay last year because of its Retro Pop Art influenced packaging. I popped them in my trusty Holga, shot in a bright day and what a surprise after I developed the film!
The patches of white dots on the grainy pictures were probably due to the film been expired (1992). But They added textures and retro feel to the photos and it sure looked as if they were a blast from the past! Very unique and cool!
Svema (Ukrainian: Свема) is a registered trade mark and former name ("NPO “Svema”) of the Shostka Chemical Plant, located in Shostka, Sumy Oblast, Ukraine. It was founded in 1931 in then Ukrainian SSR.
“Svema” used to be the major photographic film manufacturer in the USSR, but their film lost market share in former Soviet countries to imported products during the late 1990s. They made black-and-white photographic film, photographic paper as well as B&W and colour cine film until 2000. Svema products were known among enthusiasts as an easy and sturdy product for beginners in home film development and printing.