Display Your Photos with Just Your Negatives!


So you just got your prints and are eager to display them for everyone to see. No frame? No problem. You already have what you need in that envelope you got from the one-hour photo. This is an easy way of saying to your non-lomographic friends, “Yes, unlike your photos that are stuck inside the computer, my photos come from an actual roll of film and are already sitting pretty on my shelf.”

What you need:
- Your photo
- A strip of film negative
- Scissors
- Tape

Grab a strip of that film negative. Cut a slit halfway from bottom up near one end and another slit on the other end but cut this one from top to bottom. Insert the slits into each other to form a loop with two tails. Tape one tail to the back of your photo. Align it on the corner of the picture. And voila! The photo can now stand on its own.

Easy, right? To make it more stable, you can insert a weight inside the loop. It would also be great if the tail of the film negative that goes in front of the photo actually shows the frame of the photo you’re displaying.

written by ricah_018 on 2010-11-25 #gear #tutorials #film #negatives #tipster #decoration #picture-frame #quickie-tipster #home-decor #frames-for-photographs


  1. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    cool idea, but i would never cut my negatives. they are all stored safe :D

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    oh no! how can you do such a bad thing with your precious negatives? no no no no! don't do it at home! :))

  3. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    My thoughts exactly! Cut my precious negatives? That's heresy!

  4. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    You can do it with a "blank" negative, I don't know if BLANK is right, I mean an empty negative, but never with your most precius photo back up.... :(.

  5. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

    I'll never use my precious negatives neither but wasted ones:D

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    I had the same reactio, I never will cut my negatives with the precious shots on it! I have all my negatives stored safely... Only ok with some parts of negatives where no shot came out and which are blank...

  7. chaotic4life
    chaotic4life ·

    I agree with everybody ... it is a really cute and pretty idea, but I would never cut up my negatives.

  8. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    If anyone still want to do something similar, I'd suggest him/her to scan the film in a flatbed (so you have a "film-like" picture), then print the duplicated film-picture out and make a stand out of it. The originals should be stored properly.

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