Photographic evidence

Throwback Thursdays are popular among the Facebook crowd. Hipsters post pictures taken pre-Facebook, and all their friends find their baby and wedding pictures awesome and their Prom shots with ruffles and wide lapels to be laughable.

We’re observing Throwback Thursday today with this shot:

35mm film

Remember film cameras? Film? That delicate substance we used to need to create photographs? Back when cameras didn’t have displays?

Not ringing any bells? It’s only been a decade and half since digital cameras became common among consumers, and now they’re only good as paperweights. Even this picture was taken with a, ahem, my cell phone.

A quick check of eBay shows a lot of film cameras for sale, but only the really old ones are actually selling for amounts worth the trouble of an auction. A lot of film cameras listed for 99 cents have zero bids; there is actual 35mm film going for more than that.

The camera above belongs to a distant relative who asked me if I’d like to have it.

Hmm. Hum. Ah.

I couldn’t think of a single reason to take it off her hands. Certain film students and camera enthusiasts might find film cameras useful, but for the rest of us, taking pictures with film is cumbersome, expensive and antiquated.

Now if you have one of these cameras or even if you only find one in your stash with film in it, please note that many commercial outlets that handle digital images (including my favorite, Walgreens) also handle film. So if you have a film camera and know how to use it, it’s probably worth more to you to capture images with than it would be to anyone else.

Or if you’re very creative, it might make an interesting decorator artifact (see also “beaded abacus wall hanging,” “furrow plow as garden accent piece” or “vintage telephone cord belt”).

Otherwise, it’s probably just another relic bound for the trash heap.


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