A few years ago I was fortunate enough to find an old Ansco Panda camera at an antique mall that had a roll of undeveloped film in it. I wrote about my anticipation of having the film developed and you can read the article here. Through comments on the article and various posts on social media, I was able to determine the location of the shots from the roll from many years ago.
This past spring, some fellow film shooters and I ventured to the location and I brought the original camera with me loaded with fresh film and a plan…
Plan; not the correct choice of words. I had an idea. The idea was to replicate the roll using models and costumes. The plan never materialized. Luckily I have some great friends who were willing to stand in as models and help me shoot the roll as best I could.
I didn’t examine the photos properly for composition and hurried the shots.
Was it a failure? No, I don’t think so. How can having fun with a camera and friends ever end in failure? So what if the shots don’t match exactly? I felt like I was taking the camera home that day. I was tempted to leave it there with the roll I shot in it and see what fate had in store for it this time. I didn’t. Here are a few of the before and after shots.
Who knows, maybe by some miracle, someone will recognize the originals and I might be able to reunite them with the pictures. Stranger things have happened on the internet.
Have you ever been lucky enough to find and develop a long lost roll of film?