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5 frames on the road with expired film from 1998 – by J.F. Pritchard

Driving through secondary roads is one of my passions. I spend great time planning two-three day trips where I avoid the main highways to discover the most amazing landscapes, lost towns and villages, places in beautiful decay and other surprises you only find when going through the less traveled paths.

I decided I wanted to honor those scenes capturing them in a format and texture that would do them justice. I shot Spanish roads for three days and more than 700 kilometers. Sometimes that involved stopping the car in places that were not very traffic safe. I couldn’t afford to waste time changing lenses so I used my Contax Quartz with the glorious zoom Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 28-85mm f3.3-4.0 T* and left the primes at home.

I used a few rolls of Agfa Agfapan APX 400 expired in 1998 which I had to push one stop in order to compensate for the loss of sensitivity. There was some beauty in the correspondency between the dirty grain from the expired emulsion and the rough, deteriorated asphalt of those forgotten roads.

Here are the five photos:

I also made a small video project where I display some more photos of those three days of Easter that I spent on the road. You can see it here:


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  • Reply
    May 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    These are beautiful pictures … thank you for sharing 😉

  • Reply
    May 9, 2018 at 1:24 am

    Superb photos! Great post.

  • Reply
    Peter Boorman
    May 22, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Really beautiful.

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