Cameras and Croissants: An Accidental Experiment

So this happened…I had a roll of what I thought was Kodak Double X, however it stayed in my camera for multiple weeks and by the time it was done I’d forgotten what is was – this was compounded by the fact that it was loaded into an old C41 canister. Pulling the film leader would have solved the mystery, but the canister was clearly marked C41 for color prints, so it was just cracked and loaded into the tank with a couple of other rolls. A friend and I put it through the standard C41 process, and upon opening the tank after the Blix bath, we had VERY flat, translucent images. This was surprising as we always thought silver wasn’t supposed to live through a good bleaching but clearly a little did. There are so many variables with this, including the higher temperature of C-41 processing and the fact that the chemistry was nearing exhaustion, that I’m puzzled but pleased with it. It is very grainy and what looks like dust and/or hair on the negatives seems to perhaps actually be the missing silver that got stripped away. Now the temptation is to try to reproduce the very interesting results.

This is the negative, though hard to really show, it is very very thin…

 

Here are a few from the roll that seemed to actually work out, though they are heavily edited. They were auto-corrected when scanned on the Epson V850 and then we edited the tone, contrast and levels in Photoshop.

 

 

 

 

 

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