Last week I wrote about a plan to use up 5 rolls of out of date & discontinued 100 iso Agfa Optima Colour Film. One roll a day for 5 days, no theme, no other thoughts, just 12 frames for each day of a traditional working week. Whatever the weather, whatever I felt like I had to complete a roll for each day.
Well, the 5 rolls of film are in a box on my desk, all exposed and ready for the lab.
I am determined to make these photographs into a body of work, possibly a book that actually hangs together. 5 rolls of film will give me 60 photographs to edit from (well 59 because the camera fired by accident on my leg for one frame). That, as any photographer or editor will tell you, doesn’t give me much room to manoeuvre.
This of course wont matter at all if the films are so out of date that I don’t get anything back I can actually work with.
A few things I noticed while making these photographs over the 5 days:
- It was a liberating experience, it felt good to make these photographs without the need to question why I was doing it. (Although, by about the third day I started asking questions of both myself and the work)
- However much I tried I couldn’t help but think how these images would eventually work together as a final body of work.
-100 ISO is too slow for a British Summer when you dont want to carry a tripod.
- In the age of digital cameras, film offers restrictions & limitations. This is one of the reasons why I love film.
- I love the time between exposure to final print. I like to forget the process of making the photograph, sometimes the expectation of what you think you will get mars the way you see the final picture.