What's in your Cupboard?

One of the biggest criticisms of the explosive rise digital photography is that the national archive will suffer as a result of images sitting quietly on countless hard drives and other storage media, unseen and doomed to obliteration.

I'm not so sure the 'problem' is any more real than in the days of film. There must be countless photographers like me who have finished a roll of film and thrown it into a drawer to be processed another day, or, also like me, quite often not processed at all. 

The films I have treated in this way should at least be given the courtesy of realising their latent potential, so I'll work through them from time to time to see what I come up with.  I must have had a reason for making the images in the first place, so I'll call it an ongoing project.

I can remember making these four images for starters, they were all locally captured on Ilford XP2 Super, now sadly discontinued and lost to those of us who once used it.  The camera was my Leica MP and the lenses were either 35mm f2 Summicron asph or the astonishing f1 Noctilux.  I use the adjective deliberately, the Noctilux is astonishing.  In most ways it behaves like a pig, and then, suddenly, it creates an image the like of which you won't create with any other lens.

No prizes for guessing which is the Nocti image, and yes it was taken at the full aperture of f1.  The plane of acceptable focus is about half the depth of the book on the table.

Oddly in the current world of photography, that lens is now worth about twice what I paid for it new, around 6 or 7 years ago.  I doubt the same appreciation in value will happen with my Nikon digital stuff!








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