One of our retail marketing managers from Vienna, Bastian Schürholz, has unknown film photographs he would like to share with us… all of which remained undeveloped for 3 decades and a half – wow!
Secondhand goodies, like books for instance, sometimes become priceless treasures when you find meaningful quotes or sentimental dedications handwritten by the book’s previous owner. What more if you discover an unprocessed film strangely living inside a vintage camera you bought from a thrift store?
Bastian found one and had the roll of black and white film developed. He had to take the last exposure [see last image in the gallery below] in order to finish the roll. He said, “Two weeks ago, I bought an old camera at Naschmarkt, a Braun Paxina 1, which was built from 1950 to 1954 for € 3.50. There was still film in it… The Ilford HP 4 which was released in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, so the photos must be 35 years old, at least.”
The images formed, to me, are very mysterious, or creepy even, considering that the persons who took the photographs and who actually appeared in them shall possibly remain unidentified till time immemorial. Also, when I examine the pictures, it makes me feel like I am transported into a different era and world where no one knows me, neither…
What about you, have you ever bought a used camera with a used film in it? You may share the images you’ve discovered by submitting an Analogue Lifestyle piece!