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April 13, 2011

I simply must pause for a moment to share a few photos from my last 2 rolls of film, because OMG! People! Expired film is the most exciting thing that’s happened to me since that time I found $20 on the sidewalk on my way to buying a pack of smokes for my pops when I was 10 years old. Never mind the underage cigarette purchase.  DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH CANDY YOU CAN BUY WITH TWENTY BUCKS?

A friend gave me expired film ages ago, which I finally put to the test last month and the results made me feel like the heavens had opened up and rained down on me in the form of  jujubes and sour gummy bears. Behold. Imperfect photos. In our Western civilization, which is, let’s face it, an out with the old and in with the new kind of society, not everyone appreciates the worn, the frayed, the chipped, the grainy, the dented, the rusted, the broken, the flawed and faded. I, on the other hand, am rather a big fan of all the above. So you can imagine my excitement at getting these photos back from the print shop. Dark, grainy, moody, nostalgic and perfectly imperfect. The kind of photos you might find in your grandmother’s photo album from the 60’s.  Slightly sun burned and a little creepy in a David Lynch sort of way.

Dear Kodak Ektachrome 160 Tungsten film expired in 1986 & 1987, I think you are made of whatever unicorn horns are made of. Yeah. That stuff.

So if anyone knows of someone who wants to get rid of film that’s been sitting in their freezer for the past 20 years, look no further. Send the magic my way! I’d be happy to take it for a test drive.

P.S. How strange is that barber shop with the taxidermy rodents in the vitrine?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2011 2:05 pm

    i love me some expired film … always buy it at the film shop plus it is always half the price and waaaaay more exciting than regular film

    love these xo

  2. April 13, 2011 2:22 pm

    awesome. awesome. awesome! i love these photos – they make me want to get my hands on some expired film, now! the first two made me smile, as did the john & yoko one. also, i am headed to montreal for the first time EVER in a few weeks and i am beyond excited. if you are looking for a post idea, how about a ‘montreal must-do’ list (a la your recent london post)?? just a thought. 🙂 thanks, as always, for the great photos and blog! ~Emily

  3. Frannie permalink
    April 13, 2011 3:01 pm

    I’m pretty sure I have some of that expired film stuff around, but um… the reason it’s expired is because the content is so explicit, racy, sexy, pornographic, loving (pick your poison, or magic as the case may be) that I never dared have it developed. You know me well enough to know what I say is true. Ha ha. Still want it?

  4. Helena permalink
    April 13, 2011 3:35 pm

    These images are fantastique! Wow!
    Oh, and I’m with Emily. I also would love an ‘explore Montréal’ post like your London one. I’m hoping to get to Montréal this summer with my daughter, but I’d love to discover some of your favourite places instead of just going to the tried and true places. 😀

  5. April 13, 2011 4:13 pm

    Really awesome this set!

  6. April 13, 2011 6:36 pm

    just wow. i’m totally in love with these.

  7. Alison permalink
    April 13, 2011 6:42 pm

    That diner shot is striking

  8. April 13, 2011 7:31 pm

    love love love

  9. April 13, 2011 7:58 pm

    These images are so nostalgic, as if they from a different time! Love this expired film~

  10. April 14, 2011 8:54 am

    These photos are incredible. INCREDIBLE. So here is the dumb question: Did you take these in present day, or was the film already used and you just developed it? Because if you took them, how did you do that??? But, then it is you, and magic follows you….

  11. Ashley Erin permalink
    April 14, 2011 2:39 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos. Also, I just about spit out my tea laughing while reading this post… TWICE!
    That first photo is just… amazing, they are all amazing! Like you said, magic with a bit of David Lynch. Rock on girl, rock on.

  12. April 15, 2011 8:30 am

    you could make an empty box look fabulous babe.

    and you know why?

    DO YOU?


  13. April 15, 2011 12:19 pm

    glitter and unicorns…yeah baby. i took two rolls of film on an old pentax this week. i can’t wait to get them processed.

  14. April 16, 2011 10:33 pm

    this is my dream. to shoot with film 20 years old or older. you are living my dream 🙂 time to go on a hunt.

    these photos are nothing short of divine.

  15. April 17, 2011 11:47 am

    i ❤ crap taxidermy

  16. April 17, 2011 11:48 am

    also the empty yard with the toys?
    its like the shining.
    with the bike and the CREEPY FREAKIN’ TWINS.

  17. April 18, 2011 4:04 pm

    wow, they look so interesting, I have to try this too some day!

  18. May 4, 2011 8:27 am

    Wow, love the results of those expired film. Great!
    Just found you and I am discovering all your great photos- loving it!!
    Greetings from Switzerland, Kristina

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