I’ve just started a new semester at university so, (relatively speaking), the pressure is off…………….
Consequently, rather than having to follow a brief, something I’ve spent the last Lord knows how many months doing, I thought I’d grab some random gear and go out with absolutely no plan whatsoever, and photograph exactly what appealed to me once stumbled upon for a change.
What a lark!
The camera, my ARAX 60, was loaded with some badly stored, (expired in 1998), Kodak mono film that my mate Dave had given me, (it’s time I found some new friends), and I really didn’t know if I was going to get anything usable at all, but you know me, nowt ventured, nowt gained.
It was so worn and time bleached that I couldn’t tell from the outer film pack what the iso was, so I set for 100 and metered accordingly, knowing if I stand developed it for an hour in a 100/1 solution of ‘Paranol S’ I’d have some chance of getting an image.
Turns out it was originally 100 iso anyway, but given the gravelly rather than grainy result, I’m pretty sure the stand develop was a good call.
No two ways about it, the film was well and truly fooked, and why wouldn’t it be after spending almost 20 years in a damp cellar, but combined with the bonkers, in some ways virtually unusable, ARSAT 30mm fish eye lens that I bunged on the front, I am strangely happy with the results.
ARAX 60, ARSAT 30mm, and Flektagon 50mm, Knackered Kodak 100 Mono print film, Paranol S, Epson V600.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde