Found Film: A Vintage Camera with a Tale to Tell


Recently I sent two rolls of film away for development, I had come across these in a lot of vintage cameras bought from a car-boot sale. Found film can be a hit or a miss sometimes, but luckily this roll was salvaged.

Since the beginning of my love affair with analogue cameras, I have longed for the day when I would find some vintage, exposed film inside one of them. Having read a lot of articles here on Lomography and more recently joining a Flickr group dedicated to these treasures, I’m more than thrilled to share the results of my first found film with you.

The camera was a Kodak Instamatic 33 and the film was originally colour, but being so old the processing lab had to develop it as black and white.

I love how natural the photos of the family are, the joy on the woman’s face as she cuddles in to the little child and even the unashamed boy picking his nose is fabulous.

We have guessed as much as the photos look like they are from the 70’s and taken in the UK. I’ve yet to search for the shell covered location which is just delightful. Do you recognise this place? Perhaps you’ve been there as a child on holiday yourself?

Having enjoyed this find so much, it has encouraged me to get the other three found films processed, you just never know what your going to get. How about you? Do you have a passion for found film?

written by dollymixture on 2012-03-02 #lifestyle #family #children #vintage #shells #seaside #uk #b-w #found-film #70-s #kodak-instamatic #holiday-snapshots


  1. carsten-schmitt
    carsten-schmitt ·

    So far my results were less succesful. ONe found film didn't have anything on it apart from the few exposure I did (medium format film) and the other one got sent back by the lab because it is a pre-C41 Agfa Colour Film. Aparently there is still one lab in the UK that develops exotic films but its quite expensive and I am not sure whether it will be worth it. I was thinking of doing some b/w development myself though.

  2. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    though i dont believe it's the same place, the shell covered location reminds me of one of the fountains at the gardens of versailles. if i remember correctly, lous xvi had shells shipped from madagascar in order to decorate some of the fountains.

  3. anerdsworld
    anerdsworld ·

    I have an addiction to found film, we have had alot of success with developing these unseen photographs. I've got decent images from the last 6 rolls found.

  4. anerdsworld
    anerdsworld ·

    I've scanned the found film and posted on my website if anyone is interested in viewing.

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