I had been trucking out the Rolleiflex on the lead up to the New Year- I took yesterday to get into the darkroom and develop up my first roll of Acros 100
I think something went wrong with my Rolleiflex during this frame- it did some naturally vignetting and when I cut out the frame from the area the scanner covered it didnt appear to be the same size as my others
I’ve been carrying around my Nikanos V on account of all the rain, the following are a mix mostly composed of Australia Day
I had taken a photo of the same dog on a roll of Astia 2 months ago
Up till now I had only been running color film through the Rolleiflex but seeing the results of the Neopan really affirms my preference for black and white
Depending on when I can get into the darkroom next I should have more on the way; I’ve been lax on the shooting on account of work stress- this past Friday was the first day I was able to get out and into a decent flow.
Not making time for the darkroom plays a part too- the longer I go without developing my film and seeing the results the less interested I am in continuing to shoot leading to my having less exposed film to develop and less reason to take an evening or afternoon to stand around measuring out developer and turning a tank upside down for 3 or 4 hours.
I found this strange double exposure of a man dressed as Santa Claus- it was shot with medium format but has an elongated frame that seems to be common with older photos instead of the straight square I’d get out of a something like a Rolliflex.
I cut the remaining two frames out of the negative strip and placed in the thickest book I could fine (a yet to be read copy of “The Pale King”) for a day to see if I could manage to flatten out the bends with no real effect.
But, I was able to fit them into a scanning holder flat enough to get an alright scan- these shots are arnt as interesting in composition as the previous two but might offer a little in terms of insight into context.
It turns out that these are likely Hmong people– possibly from Lao, Yunnan or Vietnam. I’m hoping that by posting these last few frames some more clues will emerge that might confirm their location and if they were wartime photos of people on the move.
Special thanks to Dr. Neil Maclean, Linda Connor, Holly High and the rest of the Sydney University Department of Anthropology for their help in identifying the people, place and time.
I recently stumbled across a crumpled up roll of medium format film at a second hand shop in Sydney; after holding it up to the light it looked like some fairly old images from somewhere in Asia- my guess is China but really have no idea.
The film stock was Ilford FP4 Fine Grain so that would place the shots between the years of 1968-1990 according to my brief wikipedia search.
The negatives were a bit scratched and since they were folded many times over, these were the only two frames I could cut out of the strip that didnt have a bend through them. Most of the other frames dont appear to contain much of interest, mostly just shots of a twin prop plane flying through the air- there’s one more of the woman with child but its pretty beat, I’m going to see if I can get it clean up and scanned in over the coming weeks.