Beautiful Accident: words scanned on picture


Accidents do happen during photography. When the right one comes, you just can’t resist the joy! This is how I accidentally discovered a way to superimpose words on your pictures.

When the lab person gave me back my developed Rollei Pan 25, I rejected her offer to scan for me. I just can’t afford the scanning price. After confirming with her that I can scan a B&W film with regular flatbed scanner (not the transparent models), I took the film back and gave it a scan.

The results weren’t as good as expected, and the scanning required some practicing as handling the film can be tough. Pictures that are washed out (either due to my inexperience with manual exposure or the lack of scanning mask) aren’t shown here.

Credits: mythguy9

And then I realised that I didn’t take the films out of their protective cover before scanning, so I did a second round without the cover. However the films curved as I moved them out, so I had to press them against the scanner with a piece of A4 paper (with words on it, I thought it would be fine if I use the blank side) before closing the lid.

Then, something magical happened. It turned out that I wasn’t using the blank side of the paper but the worded side! And the words are superimposed on the picture.

Credits: mythguy9

I’d seen some people using a transparent sheet with words on it to make a Holga mask, so the words will be projected on your film when you shoot. The findings here yield quite the same result, but with at a different stage and save the trouble of making a mask (however masking can be fun).

Whether post-processing at the scanning stage is analogue or not depends on your personal opinion. Personally I reckon this is a cheaper way to mimic photomontage or darkroom double exposure. As Sergei Tretyakov said, “a photomontage…can be photo and text, photo and colour, photo and drawing.”


written by mythguy9 on 2011-05-17 #gear #tutorials #rollei #words #lubitel-166b #scanning #tipster #accident #scan #word #superimpose #cheap-scanner


  1. elis
    elis ·

    thanks man this is so cool!

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    very creative!

  3. h3mm1ng1976
    h3mm1ng1976 ·

    yes a beautiful accident . and i didn't know you can scan b/w negatives on a normal flat bed scanner .
    i'm off to try this now with my old negatives from many years back .
    thanks .

  4. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    I LOOOOVE IT! I was thinking about a "literature-photos project" and this tipster give me new ideas! THANKS!!!!

  5. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Fantastic! I love literature and lomography, what a great combo :)

  6. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    Thank you guys for all the likes and especially comments.

  7. imchar
    imchar ·

    SO COOL!!

  8. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·


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