I had my first roll of real physical film developed just over a month ago, after having used digital for some years. It was everything I remember about the process: the trip to the minilab, the excitement of anticipation, and the eagerness with which I tore open the envelope containing the prints, as if it was an early Christmas present! But I’ll post more about that some other time…

Today, I just want to share a couple of scanned prints I made sometime back in 2001 or 2002. I didn’t have a digital camera back then, as they were really just starting to make headway in the market and were still very expensive. These were made on a cheap Kodak Advantix camera at Wallaroo, South Australia (curiously, the size of this particular film is where we derive our current APS sensor size from). Click each image to see a clearer view!

Spectral sunset (Kodak Advantix film camera)

Spectral sunset (Kodak Advantix film camera)

Ghost light off the port (Kodak Advantix)

Ghost light off the port (Kodak Advantix)

Look at that light! The golden time of sunset has turned bluish-green! You know when things go quiet just for a few moments? When the world seems to stop around you and you notice all the details? That’s what I remember when I made these photos. The camera might have been cheap and the film very grainy, but it’s the atmosphere of these images that matters.

Sadly, I think I’ve lost the originals. These small scans are all that I have left.

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