Last year, I picked up a Spectra camera through Craigslist, and it had a half-pack of expired film inside. It was at least a few years past its sell-by date, and I had no expectations that it would work at all. I don’t think I even intended to compose a photo; I just opened the camera and randomly pressed the shutter, and it sprang to life. Three minutes later I had this:
I had been standing in front of a closet shelf, and those are rolls of paper towels. As for the problems: the stripes come from unevenly aged pods of developer paste. The irregular greenish blobs at the top are areas where the negative is showing, because the paste didn’t spread all the way to the top of the photo. Technically, it’s a terrible picture; subjectively, it’s a keeper.
(Update: My wife just saw this photo, and said, “Froot Loops!” I think we have a title.)
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