The weekend saw me take my life in my hands when I ventured forth to Wolverhampton’s famous camera fair…
You’d think it would be a pleasant sort of way to spend a Sunday morning, but No!……In reality, it’s a battlefield!
A seething throng of film hungry, lens-crazed pensioners, fighting tooth and nail over the detritus of a hundred odd years of photographic waste. I’ve never been elbowed quite so viciously, quite so often, by quite so many doddering old relics…One evil old bastard actually clouted my hand with his stick as I reached out for something he obviously wanted for himself…..If you’ve ever seen an episode of The Walking Dead, you’ll know exactly what it was like.
The place is a Hell-Hole, I kid you not.
I did however manage to pick up a couple of rather spectacular old Carl Zeiss Jena lenses for the Pentacon Six medium format camera I bought at the last fair…..AND I did it without having to resort to biting and gouging!!.
Desperate to give the lenses (180mm Sonnar & 50mm Flektagon), a bit of a try-out, today I trundled over to Birmingham and shot a couple of rolls of expired Fuji Velvia slide film which I then home processed, or rather cross processed, in C41 colour chemistry to give me colour negs.
Cross processing slide film causes all sorts of weird colour aberrations, and the results are almost impossible to predict.
This was the first time I’ve ever done it and I’m really happy with the results.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde