The Whole Roll

A Whole Month/Whole Roll – The Olympus 35RC and Ilford HP5+

There’s something magical about the first roll developed in a new camera. The cathartic release of weeks (in this case, a month) of anxiety is almost unmatched (I don’t have kids though, so maybe that will top it). I started taking pictures on my girlfriend’s grandfather’s Pentax K1000 that had been sitting in her childhood …

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A Whole Roll of Ferrania P30 Black and White film. If it was an automobile…

This, my first roll of Ferrania P30, black and white negative film, yielded thirty seven exposures.  You’ll see here only thirty five. I store my negatives in mylar sleeves – seven rows of  five frames each.   Foolishly, I cut one frame right in half thinking I’d cut between frames.  Luckily I took two shots of that subject.  Another frame made the strip just too long to fit in the mylar sleeve, so off it came.  There’s no “undo” button in analogue photography, so thirty five frames it is.  That’s more than enough to illustrate my first experience with this black and white film.

The Whole Roll – 12 Exposures with 30 year Expired Kodak Ektar 100

June 2022 I was documenting the ceremony and spectacle of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Earlier, while allocating my kit, I had found a roll of Ektar 100, expired in 1992. It was only a 12 exposure roll, so I didn’t have much incentive to use it for anything “general” but I realised I had a specific colour-centric application for the flyover that was scheduled as part of the days programming. I don’t usually work with colour, but have seen and missed flyovers in the past, and the colourful trails against the sky were something I wanted to be sure I had at least a snapshot record of.

The Whole Roll – Nikon FE2 and Rollei S400 – By Felix I Flores Rodriguez

The art of black and white photography is as old as the art itself. Color photography sometimes masks the true meaning of an image yet, on certain occasions, will distract or even rob the viewer of the moment’s essence. “Photography is a medium of formidable contradictions. It is both ridiculously easy and almost impossibly difficult”. …

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