Found Film, Thrift Shop Treasures
Last time I was in Newport, Oregon I stopped by a thrift shop called Cheap Frills. It’s an awesome thrift shop and it’s huge. I don’t have any photos of the store to show you but take my word for it. Its easy to spend an hour or so checking it out. They have a huge variety of slightly used and outright vintage items.
The one thing i’m always drawn to in thrift stores is the cameras. Most of them are late 90’s point and shoot film cameras, name brand or lesser known camera manufacturers. Typically they are made with cheap plastic and are totally uninspiring. And its not just point and shoot cameras. Almost any kind of black plasticky thing that the store can’t recognize ends up in a little plastic basket. But the ultimate treasure is film. People drop off their cameras and don’t remove the film beforehand. I like to get this developed and peer into the world of the previous owner of the camera.
At Cheap Frills I picked up two rolls of previously shot film. One 24 exposure and one 12 exposure. Unfortunately I only got 4 images that showed any detail at all. The 12 exposure was totally unshot which surprised me as it had been loaded into a camera. The 24 exposure had 4 images that are identifiable.
An indication of the age of the film is the fogging and discolouration of the negatives. This film sat in the camera for many years and tiny light leaks have fogged portions of the film. Most of the film was light fogged actually.
Exploring thrift shops always makes me think of the people who owned the items beforehand. With film I get a chance to actually peek into their life for a little bit. Perhaps it’s my voyeur side showing through.
So in these images I found the following.
- Someones living room. Looks like it was last remodeled in the 80’s. Also a TV is visible though it looks like a CRT and not a flat screen. Very much in context with the 80’s -tastic wood paneling.
- A scene showing two people looking out over the water. I can’t be sure but the lay of the water and islands makes me think this is shot on the West Coast. That makes sense considering I found the camera in Oregon.
- A state capitol? I don’t know about this. If anyone recognizes this building please let me know and I’ll update this blog
- The Arch in St. Louis. With the sun cleverly hidden behind the arch.
This person is either from Oregon and had a vacation or family visit in St. Louis or they moved from St. Louis to Oregon. They don’t seem to have much photographic skill either. The compositions are random and not level. Still interesting to look at though.
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