I had read about this sort of thing happening to photographers.
A forgotten roll of film, re-discovered years later.
I didn’t think it would happen to me, because I’m usually quick to develop anything I shoot. Yet there it was, a roll of Kodak Portra 800 mysteriously sitting at the bottom of a drawer I had just finished clearing out.
How did that happen?, I wondered.
I’ve now realized it was one of my (in)famous test rolls. Used up when I had gotten hold of another M2-R to check out. Most of my shots were severely underexposed because the shutter speeds were off. I didn’t end up keeping that camera after getting back the first roll. But there was a second roll, which became this “lost roll”. It sat untouched, because I wasn’t home-developing colour film at the time, and it was too expensive to pay a lab to develop/scan another roll that was essentially filled with underexposed test shots.
The expiry date on the box says 2018, so I would have used it sometime between 2016-2018.
Yesterday, I developed it. At home.
There’s a photo of my wife in it. Two of our dog. Some scenes from around the house. A self-portrait.
It’s winter. Maybe December?
The images are like ghosts from the past. Frozen in time. And they are staring back from just before the pandemic, the multiple illnesses in our household, and my job disruption.
Nice to meet you again.
↑Leica M2-R, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4, Kodak Portra 800, and Plustek 8200i.
3 thoughts on “The Lost Roll.”
Today I developed several color rolls from earlier this year (Feb-March). I don’t develop color regularly, so I tend to hold the rolls until I have enough to justify buying a liter kit of chemistry.
First roll is a camping trip my wife & I took to the beach on the California coast. We took our dogs. One of those dogs just recently passed away after a short, sudden illness. Seeing her in these images is wonderfully emotional.
Photos can be so powerful.
Dear Henry, please accept my condolences. That’s the ultimate loss of course. I’m glad you were able to photograph her — and your life with her.
sincerest condolences! we lost our beloved border collie recently.. it’s heartbreaking.
Thank goodness for all the photos.. Enjoy the “lost roll’. all best jason