Imagine the opportunity to see over two decades into the past. Well, I was lucky enough to find something that allowed me to do so. Let's go sightseeing in my hometown in year 1988!
Imagine the opportunity to see over two decades into the past. Well, I was lucky enough to find something that allowed me to do so. Let’s go sightseeing in my hometown in year 1988!
It all started with an old handbag that was intended to go to charity among other donated clothes and stuff. Well, nobody was interested in that handbag so it left behind until my sister found it. She likes vintage things so it immediately caught her attention. And in that handbag she found a treasure – It was an old forgotten roll of film. Many people would just throw it away, but her brother (me) is a huge lomographer and he knew what to do. So I set up my chemicals and switched off the light in my dark (bath)room hoping that there is at least something exposed on it and it is not yet ruined. It came out even more awesome. It was full of beautiful shots taken in my hometown Trnava in Slovakia.
One of the photos was of a girl standing on the Trnava’s Trinity square. And what was my surprise whan I realized that there was something missing. And it was a huge collumn of Holy Trinity that is standing there since I remember! I took a quick shot of the same spot with my phone today for comparison:
OK. That means the film must have been exposed over 20 years ago because the statue was placed there shortly after 1989 as it was kept away during communism. Much more precise information about real age of the film was another photo with a memorial of 750th anniversary of Trnava being granted a town charter (civic privileges) by the king. This anniversary was happening in the year 1988.
Other photos with posters suggest it is probably August or early September. So I developed the film after 22 and a half years. It is a unique feeling to be the first to see somebody’s personal photos that were forgotten for over two decades. To see many familiar places and how they looked like before I was even born. I really like those night time photos, photos of people working in factory, hospital or just walking on the streets. I am happy that this film did not end up in trash and I could eventually share the photos with you. If you recognize the girl that is now probably over 30 years old please let her know I have her photos.