I experiment with different film and digital techniques. This is how I operate.
And some years ago, I rolled some 120 AGFA Scala film onto a 620 spool, and shot eight exposures in my Kodak Medalist II camera. I sent the film off to the only place in the world that is capable of developing negative slide film – an Iowa company named DR5 – and at some point in time, they sent the developed film back to me.
I put it on a shelf, with the intention of scanning the film and seeing how things turned out.
Then I completely forgot about the film.
Let’s now fast-forward to last Sunday. I’ve got several things on my plate – I’m making lunch, I’m cleaning my apartment, I’m waiting for the laundromat to call me and tell me my clothes are now clean and ready for pickup – hmm, here’s a small cardboard box. And it’s got the DR5 logo on it.
I opened the box.
Eight developed images.
And I have absolutely no freakin’ idea when I took these pictures. Or where, for that matter. Possibly this was at Carp Pond in Corinth, I like photographing there. But that’s a guess.
Anyway, I scanned the film …
This was the best image of the batch.
Wow. That’s some serious tonal quality to that Scala film, and the Medalist captured it in powerful detail.
How the hell did I miss this picture?
I mean, I haven’t used AGFA Scala in ages … I keep thinking about using it, and then I don’t bother, and then I want to use it again, and then I have to find some … and then I take the pictures, and completely forgot I did take them. That’s one of the three signs of old age, don’tcha know … loss of memory … I forgot the second one … and loss of memory.
Okay. This just means that I need to pay more attention to when I bring film to the developers … and when they send it back to me, I need to pay attention to when it arrives. 😀