Forget Your Film!


Sometimes forgetting is not so bad…

Here is the perfect tipster for those of us who are forgetful and don’t mind admitting it… Long live forgetfulness!

This goes from a day I forgot my LC-A+ I don’t know where (how would I know, since I’m so forgetful…) and after a couple of months, by an act of magic (why would I bother in looking for anything if one day, by chance everything appears?) it appeared of course. I saw it had a film in it, so I used it until it was done.

The thing is, that film had been in the camera… over a year! And since my LC-A+ seems to be like the Guadiana, appears and disappears, between those periods that I didn’t know where it had hidden, and the ones I took pictures, it took me a year to finish the film… and some months (give it 2 at least) until I took it for developing.

And how do I know it took over a year to finish this film? Because of an exposition in the ‘Cristal de El Retiro’ palace, which took place in November, and the last photo I got from the film is in November (of course) from the year after… surprise!
I realized all of this when I got the film developed, that I started thinking “what are these photos doing here? If they’re from…” and here I finish, for the moment, my forgetful adventure. Forgetfulness with a happy ending of course, because the photos came out more blue (minus one which turned out red…!), more grainy, and much more “soft” (if this term applies to photography…) … I love them!

So what do you think? Is forgetfulness worth it? :)

written by virtuesandvices on 2011-01-24 #gear #tutorials #film #lost #tipster #lca #forgetting #surprises #top-tipster-techniques
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  1. duckduckninja
  2. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    Yes, nice tip. I've had film a roll of film I forgot about for 5 years, the color shifts and grain were amazing!

  3. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    These are sooo beautiful, I love the blueness of all the photos!

  4. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    It seems that film forgets too, otherwise how come those grainy? Nice forgetfulness... <:))

  5. ali55
    ali55 ·

    beautiful photos! love the colour!!

  6. cherryblosssom
    cherryblosssom ·

    what film is it?

  7. ricah_018
    ricah_018 ·

    definitely worth it! i love that last picture!

  8. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

    love them! I've deliberately left 2 rolls that i took before leaving home for my big 2 year around the world trip. I'm excited to see what time capsule photos they hold.

  9. monkeydance
    monkeydance ·

    Woww! Those pictures are amazing! It's been a while since I have this roll in my fisheye, but it's a black&white roll, so my colours will probably be: black & white .. Oh well I'll see when they"re developed x)

  10. rochellers
    rochellers ·

    Forgetfulness can be good! Love the blues and the graininess.

  11. sobiksaabik
    sobiksaabik ·

    In my Chema Smena is 5 years old film...

  12. sobiksaabik
    sobiksaabik ·

    But i don't know, is it in good condition, because i was with my Smena in Nuclear power station Temelín :-D

  13. troch
    troch ·

    Amazing pictures. I hjave two cameras right now with film from who knows when!

  14. borishowl
    borishowl ·

    I don't wait a year, but a couple of months, and yet when I get them developed I'm still like O_O "what was that?"

  15. davidpowell
    davidpowell ·

    Wow these shots are amazing! the grain adds so much to them.

  16. ananana
    ananana ·

    Wait, so does it turn blue and grainy if you leave it in the camera? Or can you just leave a used roll of film for a year (outside of a camera)? Was the film expired/ cross processed?

  17. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    how about i totally forgot my film and opened the film door. yea not good when it comes to that lol. so my first 2 shots are gone.

  18. amybreaksloose
    amybreaksloose ·

    These pictures are lovely!

  19. rake
    rake ·

    I always forget about cameras and the film in them! glad to know im not alone
    i really love number three in the second set! what film is this? id love to try it!

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