Found Archive: Kodak Gold 100

Being so young at the time these were taken I do not know some of the people in these photographs. However they were taken in a small town called Brightlingsea on the Essex Coast during the 1980s. These photos are of my Aunts, Sister, Mother, Great Grandmother and Cousin – oh and the happy baby is me!

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Found Archive: Fuji Super G 200

The photographs in this collection are from the first day we bought a puppy in 1996. In these photographs we have my mother, two sisters and our puppy Bonnie.

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Found Archive: Kodak Gold 200

This collection of photographs is from the year 1989 along the Norfolk Broads.

Found Archive: Konica Centuria 200

This collection of photographs is from the year 2000. It is the house I lived in with my parents from age 10 to when I moved out at 22. The images show the property during renovation.

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Found Archive: Fuji HG 100

A collection of photographs from the Found Archive project I have working on.

This roll of film was shot in 1992 by Michael Chippington. It is from a family holiday. One of my favourite photographs from this collection is my sister and I bouncing on a trampoline – i would liken the style of photograph to the work of Martin Parr and his seasides in the 80s

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Found Archive: Fuji HG 200

The Found Archive was created by using the images taken by my father Michael Chippington during the 1980s to early 2000s. In his younger years he was a keen photographer and has a good eye. Michael typically captured events in our family lives, our outings, our friends, gatherings and so on.

The negatives had been stored in a fireproof box for years and some showed signs of wear. During the archival process I scanned the negatives but also transferred them to an archival folder and negative sleeves.

It has taken me one year to scan his negatives – around 2500 images. The photographs were scanned using a Plustek OpticFilm 8100 at 6×4 300ppi. I am presenting the images with dust, scratches and all imperfections. There has been a removal of colour casts from scanning and also white balance adjustment. However – during this colour correction stage I have used the photograph prints or the same film from online to ensure I have not introduced colours that are a misrepresentation of the film properties.

This particular roll of film is from 1991 and features my sister and I with family members at Christmas.

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Update: Found Archive

Update:

A few months ago two things happened in a short space of time which has brought my posts to a grinding halt on The 35mm Project. First I dropped my C-41 colour chemicals on the floor because the wardrobe shelf collapsed … I was storing the bleach, stabiliser and developer in 3 x 1 L glass bottles on the top shelf (rookie mistake) and as you can imagine it made a pretty epic…BOOM! Smashed glass and brown shitty chemicals all over my floor.

I screamed a few expletives and my partner come running in to the room wondering what I had done…I cleaned up the mess and decided to purchase some plastic chemical storage bottles for future C-41 processing and changed the location of all my gear from the top shelf to the bottom shelf. Lesson learned! Unfortunately It had been a while since developing colour film and the concentrated chemicals had spoilt, separating into a weird goo with flakes in. Boo! I am going to hang off ordering more Tetenal until I have around 30 rolls of film to develop otherwise I wouldn’t be cost or environmentally conscious! Luckily even exposed film can be stored for a significant amount of time when kept cold in the fridge.

Secondly my 9 year old MacBook Pro died! It had been on it’s way out for a while but this time it was non repairable :(. I decided to replace it but wanted to pay off some debt first. So fast forward from March to July and I have a new MacBook, I am back online and almost near completion of a project I have been working on for around a year…

The Found Archive:

Around a year ago I started scanning the negatives of photographs my father took between the 1980’s to the early 2000’s of my family, our holidays, friends and various events in our lives. The catalogue of images he captured looks back at our younger years through his eyes. It is nostalgic for me not only to reflect on my childhood but also to review the old film that one can no longer purchase.

To date I have scanned 2,265 frames from an assortment of 24 and 36 exposure film. The negatives when I received them had been stored in a metal fireproof box in their original holder from the print labs my father used many years ago. There was a few times when handling the negatives I winced at the lab gluing paper along the side of frames which I had to carefully remove so as not to damage the image. Since inheriting the negatives I have cleaned them, archived them in sleeves and store them in a well made photographic archival binder. Interestedly the camera that I am shooting with today is the same camera that my father used for most of the photographs during this period of time (released 1987), a Canon EOS 620.

I am now in the final stages of my project – scanning the final photographs, cropping and preparing them for upload and giving the original prints away to my family members. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos when I upload them as much as I have scanning them.

Brad

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