Both the darkness and light exist at the same time. It’s ok to recognize both—often times, invalidation does not help and can cause harm. Both the darkness and light exist at the same time.
This is from the second of two rolls of expired film given to me. I shot this roll of Fuji Superia xtra 400 (expired in 2014) just for fun at a local state park back on 4/4/2021 with my Nikon FE and 35mm f/2. I developed this roll at home, “scanned” it with my DSLR and converted the negatives to positives using Negative Lab Pro. It was a nice and refreshing experience to just shoot this roll for fun, to notice my surroundings and try to capture whatever caught my eye (not knowing how it might turn out since it was expired and prepare myself that if it was a “complete loss” it wouldn’t be the end of the world–at least I enjoyed the shooting experience). The developing and scanning process helped me to continue to grow in film photography and as a person as well. I’m thankful for what I’ve learned and for the many kind and gifted people in the film community who have shared their images and encouraged and inspired me to keep shooting film and learning. I can see a positive change in my view of my photos and that seems to match how I am changing as a person over time–less critical of myself and my photos, open to learning and growing as a person and a photographer, and more open to the beautiful imperfections both in myself and in my photos.
Nikon 35mm f/2
Fuji Superia xtra 400 (expired 2014)
Image taken 4/4/2021
Self developed at home in Unicolor C41
“Scanned” with my DSLR
Negative converted to positive with Negative Lab Pro
I decided to share some of the photos and writing I’ve shared over on my Flickr account. If you’re interested in seeing more of those images you can check them out here.
2 thoughts on “Darkness and light”
There is such a beautiful mystery conveyed through defocused images.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Barb! I know I often seem drawn to defocused images—there’s something about it that sure is intriguing.