Found film: Snowboarding

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Not long ago, a reader sent me a box of expired film he’d accumulated. In the box was a disposable camera, a Kodak Weekend, which is sealed in plastic to protect against weather.

This camera had no shots left on it — what images could be in this camera? I had a roll of color film ready to go to the processor’s anyway, so I put this in the order just to see what turned out. What came back was the snowboarding trip of a few friends.

The film was not stored well over however many years, so the images are color-shifted, grainy, and faint. Here are more of the best of these images. Click on any image to see it larger.

At the end of the roll there were shots in someone’s car of the crew. Given that this camera had no flash, the photographer was pressing the shutter and hoping for the best. Click on any image to see it larger.

It’s always fun to develop found film to see what you get.

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6 responses to “Found film: Snowboarding”

  1. Amdy Umbo Avatar
    Amdy Umbo

    I love found film! My pal who makes documentaries, buys any 8mm, Super 8mm, or 16mm she finds at yard sales and resale shops, and she has the projectors to watch them…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Whenever I show found film here, I always hope whoever it belongs to stumbles upon it. It never happens – I guess I shouldn’t be surprised!

  2. Suzassippi Avatar

    There is something about those snowboarding photographs that is interesting though.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah. Looks like these people had a fun day!

  3. Daniel Brinneman Avatar

    I remember using these cameras and the non-waterproof versions wrapped in thin cardboard back at Walgreens and similar stores in Indiana in the 80s and 90s. Used to buy either a roll of film or one of these disposables, shoot it, and bring it back to the store to ship it off. Then I’d get a pack of prints in an envelope with the reddish negatives.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve never been a huge fan of single-use cameras because of the softness and vignetting inherent in the lenses. But a couple times in my life I was very glad to be able to buy one at a drug store when I wanted to make photos but didn’t bring a camera.

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