Earlier this summer, I set out on a mission to try as many expired films as I could possibly get my hands on. This little project was part technical: I wanted to see how expired films behaved based on brand, age, and how they were stored, but it was also part philosophical: the not-knowing and element of chance involved with expired film appealed to me. Another thing that appealed to me about expired film was the search for it! I stayed away from eBay, and lead myself on somewhat of a film scavenger hunt. I found it in thrift stores, antique stores, and best of all, had film donated to me by friends and family. I’m happy to say that I have acquired well over 100 rolls of film this summer, and spent only about $15 total over three months – thank you Janelle, Erin, Georgia, Cara & Michael!
While expired film may not be for everyone, I think that when you love it, you love it! I know I do. From the grain, to the often wild/wacky color shifts, to the sheer enjoyment of letting go and embracing the fact that you do not have 100% control over your final image.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the summer, with the type of film listed in the description:
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Gatherings through the Lens E-Course Giveaway
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