Old Film Barn

A few years ago, after buying out a darkroom from a local photo studio, I came across some old 5×7 film holders in the boxes of stuff I hauled home. I opened the first one up and found that it was still loaded with film, which was Tri-X, that I guessed had been loaded in the ’70s or ’80s. I shot some of it and was pleased with the serendipitous effects of the images.

You never really know what you’re going to get when you shoot with old film. Sometimes the emulsion is shot, or there’s fogging or light leaks from the paper backing not sticking, etc. So I bought a bunch of old Tri-X 120 roll film from the mid-1960s and have been taking pictures with it using my Holga toy camera and my old Yashica A twin lens reflex. I also started using a Kodak brownie and an Agfa B2 Cadet, which is fast becoming my favorite camera.

This is a barn near Lima, Ill., that I photographed in 2010 using the Holga and old film. This is a silver gelatin print on FOMA paper that was lightly sepia toned, followed by a dip in coffee. I’m headed into the darkroom in the next few weeks. I’ve got tons of film to process and a lot of prints to make. I will upload more to this post as the prints are completed.

Same barn, different day. This one is split sepia toned.

~ by tomngerri on March 20, 2012.

One Response to “Old Film Barn”

  1. Beautiful.

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