2020 – 066/366 – Mild Life Crisis….the Beginning

No. I’m not really having one. But maybe I kind of almost did.

About ten or fifteen years ago.

Some guys might buy a sports car or a motorcycle or an electric guitar. They might start having an affair with another woman. They might get a tattoo….

I bought a lot (a large sum and allot) of expired film on ebay.

I started dating three “other women” (cheap film cameras).

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The Ladies (they’re not jealous types…they get along fabulously)

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One was kind of like an older, somewhat worn mail order bride who really tried to emulate a fancy German model back when she was younger. (A Seagull 4A, which is a Chinese Rolleiflex knock-off)

One was younger but rather like a cheap, dime-store floozy. (A Holga–also Chiinese but made almost entirely of plastic)

And one was rather like an aging, once trend-setting fashonista who is now well past her prime. (a Minolta Maxxum 5 from the early 2000’s which takes the same lenses as my Sony Alpha mount cameras)

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The hipster trend hadn’t fully hit the photography world yet. Expired film wasn’t cool yet. So I was able to find a mixed bag of about 30 rolls of 120 and 35mm, color print and color slide film for about a dollar a roll on Ebay.

Two years later and suddenly expired film was in high demand and the price went through the roof. Other than a four-pack of Kodak Max 400 (expired in 2012) that I found at a thrift shop for a dollar, I haven’t bought any more film but I still have quite a few rolls to shoot and am just now getting around to scanning most of the stuff I shot ten years ago. So I’m starting the Affairs over again….and reminiscing about Trysts of Times Past…..

Stay tuned for more episodes of Mild Life Crisis…..coming soon…..