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Back before photographs were as easy as opening up a smartphone and tapping, film restrained some of us in what and when we captured things using our camera.
The primary reasons for this is, naturally, that film cost money and most of us aren’t rolling in the dough to waste is on something like that.
But some photographers are luckier than others and they bought and took pictures on more film than they could ever develop or afford to do so. That’s why one man, Levi Bettwieser, has taken it upon himself to develop these orphaned rolls of film. The project is to not only finally bring these pictures to light but also to experience another time and life through another photographer’s eyes.
Granted, not all of the old film reveals anything because some of it has degraded over time. Levi tells the BBC that it all depended on how well someone preserved the film to start with more well cared for film producing quite dynamic pictures while others only produce grainy images.
Some of them though are absolutely amazing, showing scenes from a bygone era. A relatively thankless task we can imagine but also one that is incredibly necessary in this modern era of digital everything. There’s just something amazingly organic and real about film that drives people to do things like this.
It’s also pretty amazing to imagine being so captivated by photography that you take reels upon reels of film without ever developing them. We’ve always said that photography is “more than just taking pictures” and Levi’s work proves that quite conclusively.
What do you think? Do you think this is a pretty cool project? What are your memories of developing film? Let us know in the comments below.
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