Just spent the day down in London, meetings meetings meetings. I never enjoy crowds, us simple country folk can’t cope. It’s perhaps not so much crowds but crowds of city people. All focused and determined, people not just out for a stroll but going somewhere forcefully. The sort of people who stare you down when you say “good morning”.
The wet winter of Scotland is here and the blue tones from this sweltering subway station seem very far away. A July in New York was hot, not too hot but I did try a lot of funky flavored Iced Tea.
Film is always a delicate beast but when it’s expired, it seems to take on a completely new level of unpredictable madness. Often it seems to know exactly what it is doing, framing an image perfectly. Sometimes it’s just a beautiful mess.
I was very kindly awarded the prize for best selfie for Expired Film Day 2017. for my self portrait taken in Val Thorens after travelling from Scotland-England-Switzerland-France during the 15th March. Below is my last photo from the day as I passed out in a tiny chalet bed.
Prize: Three (3) rolls of unusual expired 35mm Kodak film, including Film Rescue full-service processing.
Criteria: Best photo that could be captioned, “Hey creep, it’s not a selfie — it’s a self portrait!”
Winner: Guy Phenix, Expired me
Comment: Hallelujah! Like a modern day Shroud of Turin. No need to carbon date — obviously expired! — Greg @ FRI
If you don’t know what Expired Film Day is, it’s a day to really celebrate the randomness and beauty of analogue film in its expired state. Every year across the world people take photos on March 15th using expired film. Polaroid film, 35mm, one month out of date or even decades. They then all submit them in for a competition and prizes.
So with my three rolls of prize film I decided I would take them on an adventure with me. So I took them along with me to New York for a few days.
The amazing team from Film Rescue International have now returned my negatives and high resolution scans.
There are some amazingly colours, bleeds and weird exposures. I love so many of them and so I will be posting one photo everyday of October, to begin with.
Keep an eye out on the blog and Instagram for the photos.