Sunday, 30 March 2008

A great find - 'lost' negatives

In one old folder, yesterday, along with some letters I cherish but had meanwhile completely forgotten (if those two states of mind can exist concurrently, which in a fickle kind of way, I think they can), I found some very old negatives of mine, Ilford HP4 and Kodak Tri-X taken with the Agfa Billy Record 4.5 (Prontor 11). I have thought about them from time to time, not knowing where they were, with a hollow feeling that I may have lost them but they are! Precious negs, some of them, from well over 20 years ago. I didn't print myself to any extent then, and can't wait to see what I can do with them - but more important they will now be safe in negative sleeves along with all the rest.

In a way this fits with my next project (other than picture-taking), now that the website's done, to get more of the family archive - much older than these of course - minimally digitally 'restored' where necessary, but scanned at least, and then printed archivally onto silver gelatin.