Just over a month ago I took a trip to NYC to visit some friends, take some photos, and otherwise be merry. During the course of the trip I happened to be gifted nearly 25 rolls of 120 film. Christmas! I’d only brought a few rolls with me and I had plans to do some serious mission-ing in one of the most famous tunnels in the world.
Unfortunately much of the film I was given was expired, which has a tendency to shift colors and (as you can see in the above image) fade, or otherwise deteriorate. Shooting expired film can be neat, especially when you start shooting film again. It can give you that lomography look from a toy camera. The thing about shooting expired film is, you need to know that when you’re shooting it. You have to shoot for that aesthetic. When your film comes back looking dreamy and toy camera-ish and you weren’t expecting it, it’s the pits.
Know what else is the pits? Shooting 9 rolls of 120 film in your Hasselblad not knowing that a piece of plastic dislodged in the film back and was protruding into every image on all of those rolls of film (108 photos). Finding that out when you’re back in San Francisco after only your second trip to New York ever and after you’ve gone on the most epic mission in your life with 3 of your Bay Area freinds? FUCK. Fortunately, I already have a flight booked to go back 3 weeks from today.
Fingers crossed this next trip is more photo friendly.