While I was tidying my workroom during the holidays, I found out that I have gathered a lot of film last year. All those films should be used sooner or later, so it’s time to make my analogue resolutions for 2014!
As I have hardly any space available in our fridge or freezer to store film for a longer period of time, I decided to buy less film in 2014 and shoot more of it instead. A quick count revealed that I have gathered about 150 rolls of film, quite nicely spread out between medium format (120), 35mm, and some 110 format films.
They were also reasonably partitioned in slide film, color film, some redscale and black & white, and high and low ISO. I also found some fresh film from Lomography, some slightly expired rolls from Fujifilm and Kodak, and some rolls from more exotic or extinct brands. So I have enough variation available for all kinds of goals.
I have shot a couple of slide rolls in 2013, most of them during the summer holidays in Italy, and was pretty satisfied with some of the (mostly cross-processed) results. I also managed to get some rare slide film which is no longer made, so my goal for this year is to shoot more slide film. But with these rare films I find it hard to just shoot away like a real lomographer, and want to keep them for some special occasions.
On the other hand, expired film is not getting any better as it ages like wine does, and might get worse when stored in a rather warm environment. So maybe I should not wait much longer and put that 120mm roll of Kodak Ektachrome 64T, expired in 2002, in my Belair camera and see what I can get from it!
Talking about expired films, I found a roll of Perutz Perucolor 100 print film, expired in November 1984, so the 30th anniversary of that might be a good year to find out what’s left of it. And the same goes for that roll of Kodak T-MAX 100, expired in 1992.
It’s nice to see that the same T-MAX film is still being made; however, the chemical composition has been changed since my old roll was made. It has a price tag from Vroom & Dreesmann, whose department store still exists as V&D but sells only digital cameras and memory cards nowadays. The price was f 12,95 gulden, a currency that does not exist anymore since the introduction of the Euro currency.
The IR 820 Aura film from the now defunct Efke film factory is relatively fresh (expired in March 2013), but does not seem to age very well. So I will buy a cheap deep-red IR-filter from Hong Kong or China for less than 10 Euros through eBay and will try to shoot with it sometime in the spring, when the green foliage from trees might give some nice infrared effects.
The Orwo TC 27 Traffic Control film is not a real Infrared film like the Efke film, but it seems more sensitive to infrared light. So when I shoot it with a Cokin Orange filter on my Minolta X-500 SLR, it might give some interesting results.
In the category of special films I also have one roll of GP Surveillance film, which is a 400 ISO black & white film without any sprockets. I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how to use this film, as all 35mm cameras use the sprockets to control the film advance and cock the shutter.
So my current plan is to load this roll in my Holga 120 CFN, tape off the red window, and use some foam to keep the film canister in place. For the proper advancement of the film there are some guides to count the clicks. As you cannot wind back the film into the canister with a 120 medium format camera, I will have to unload it in a changing bag.
Another resolution for 2014 is to shoot more black & white film, especially when the sun is hiding itself a lot like in these winter days. Rather than shooting dull color film, black & white can give a more dramatic look when there are a lot of clouds in the air. And as I can develop and print the black & white films myself, it would also give me more satisfaction when I can execute the whole analogue process on my own.
My last resolution for 2014 is to start using all my Diana cameras. I received the Diana Baby along with some 110 format rolls with a Lomography order as a Retail Therapy gift, and bought a Diana Mini and a Diana F+ Metropolis edition for half the price during a sell-out at a photo shop. I can also try the Diana Baby with the connector and cable that came with my Fritz the Blitz 2.0 flash to shoot some indoor pictures.
I have already shot my first roll with the Diana Mini, and found it a handsome little Lomo camera with the nice flexibility to change between square and half-frame formats in the middle of the roll. The handling of the Mini is not very fast but it is an interesting lo-fi camera for all kind of experiments, also due to the tripod and cable release possibilities.
The medium format Diana F+ is still waiting to be used, but I will load it up with some slide film and start shooting with it when a sunny day comes up. And the nice thing about the F+ is that you can also use it for pinhole photography when you remove the lens. So it gives you an easy start in the world of pinhole photography, which has caught my attention and interest.
I have not even mentioned the rolls of redscale film, both bought and self-made, that I have been waiting to use in a sunny opportunity like the summer holidays. Looking at my current film and camera stash, I have more than enough to keep me busy during the year 2014. But I am also afraid that I will not be able to resist from buying some new films or cameras when a nice opportunity comes up…