It is always fun to see unique images from all over the world in all types of formats come through the Little Film Lab.  These are awesome examples of images taken with a Fujifilm TX-1. Using modifications to scan and keeping just a bit of the border to show the cool film perforations.

Image 1: Fujifilm TX-1 + Kodak Portra 800
Image 2: Fujifilm TX-1 + Fuji Superia Premium 400
Image 3: Fujifilm TX-1 + Fuji Superia 200 @400
Image 4: Fujifilm TX-1 + Fuji Superia 200 @400

Today was a monumental milestone for LFL.  During a team meeting we reflected on the rapid progression in our first year of operation.  As we grow, sadly another darkroom and lab bites the dust, the old San Jose Mercury News photo department darkroom.

For many of us in the South Bay, we grew up on this paper.  Sunday comics and photos from front page headliners were the best.  This once media news giant downsized its now dusty lab to go nearly all digital years ago, and now the Merc is moving entirely to a smaller building in Downtown San Jose.  LFL was contacted by one of the Mercury photojournalists and asked to provide their darkroom equipment a much needed new home.  And of course we were enthusiastic in saying, “YES!”.

We hustled up some manpower, and piled into a truck.  Excited squeals echoed off the walls as we walked into the ghostly treasure trove.  Feeling like looters or modern day pillagers we started digging into the contents inside the room. In unison we all took a moment as it dawned on us that we were literally digging into the past. A member of the advertising department had left behind a huge folio of filed negatives, spanning 40 years starting in the 1950′s.  Sifting through these negatives turned up head shots of people in dated attire and sleeves with silly titles that caused an uproar of laughter.  The more we found the brighter the future for LFL’s darkroom.

About an hour or two later (time had flown!) the only thing left in the room were a few empty Ilford and Kodak film Paper boxes, some light meters too old to use — and a name placard outside the door that simply read, “Studio”.  The retro historic value of the placard was priceless.  Respectfully we left that behind.

iPhone cameras couldn’t capture the feeling well enough, but we were grateful to have something to share.  We took one more look around and called it a day.  On the way out it was a bittersweet novelty to see another sign outside a different room that said “Clark Kent Conference Room.”  Once again I snapped an iPhone photo, and under my breath I muttered, “see ya later superman,” In reference to the end of a fantastic era.

(TOP IMAGE INFO: Photo image was found in the SJM film lab.  It was marked “extra prints.”  It was my favorite find of the day.  Its simple black and white photo spoke volumes.  Immediately it needed to be shared.  Moments like this, one literally fall in love with film like the way a Nicholas Sparks heroine falls in love with her bruiting lover.)


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