For the last few days we’ve been clearing out our loft before moving to a new bungalow. This morning, squeezed behind a tottering pile of boxes, Ali found a shopping bag full of negatives and prints that I thought were long-lost. They are mostly snappy snaps from a back packing trip to The Gambia fifteen years ago and I’ve just spent a happy hour looking at pictures on paper rather than a screen – so much easier to stay mindful when you have something physical in your hand.
The experience has rekindled my love of film photography and I now want to create a darkroom at the new place we are moving to (as well as the gallery and still life studio, on my to do list) – just have to persuade my wife Ali that it’s a good idea!
Here are some scans from the hoard of photos. Most are snaps from our travels – a few are early forerunners of the Lomography movement I think!
They were all shot on 35mm neg. If you enjoyed these, you can find more in the 35mm film page of the blog here along with information about where and when they were taken (just underneath the Israel / Palestine pictures).
I felt very nostalgic sliding my hand into each envelope of prints with a feeling of anticipation about what would be inside.
Amazingly, the Canon T70 that took most of these is still in working condition and had charge in the battery when it was also saved from the loft a few months ago!
Sadly missed though, is a personally precious box of black and white prints from a 1992 trip through Eastern Europe. I’m hoping to find them and when I do, I’ll be sharing them here on Mindful Photos.
Don’t forget to check out the 35mm page.
Have a nice Thursday 🙂
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