Wednesday, March 30, 2011

a really cool story

awhile ago i read a really cool story about a guy [Todd Bieber] who found a lost roll of film in central park. he almost left it right where he had found it, but instead, picked it up and got it developed. what he then saw were beautiful photographs taken during new york's blizzard. he felt that the owner of the photos needed to know that they had been found and so used social media to circulate the photos and story. and that's all i knew. that was the last i had heard... until yesterday.

a blog i follow regularly [design mom] just so happened to post about the lost roll of film- which, it turns out, is no longer lost.

you can hear the rest of the story here.

i seriously am loving everything about this cool chain of events. one of the things i love most about it is that it was made possible because the woman who took the pictures shot them with film. time out for a little film-shout-out. she doesn't profess to be a photographer and yet understood the basic mechanisms of a camera to shoot film. i love that. digital photography has completely changed the way we photograph. it's so refreshing to see moments like this happen because someone chose to embrace a film camera.

in case you were wondering, in my freezer-right next to the edamame, i have my little film storage unit. i'm a lover. everything that you've seen posted on this blog has been shot with film.


  1. I also love film but would not dare call myself a photographer. Film has a quality that digital simply cannot rival. I like digital as well but for me there is nothing like the excitement of not knowing exactly what you're going to get until you get it. Although I am one of the least patient people probably in the entire world I love the anticipation of finding out how your roll turned out. Sometimes its wildly different than what you expected.

    BTW, I <3 your lovely blog. It's inspiring.

  2. Loved this post Carolee. Loved that story. First of all, how awesome that Bieber skied through the city :) Then I love that he and his girlfriend spontaneously flew to Paris! and then they left another roll of film there for another lucky finder. Thank you for sharing this fantastic story :)

    And yay for film! I took a couple photography classes in high school and college (you'd never know though;) and developing film was always quite the experience. I adore your appreciation for the beauty of film, and that you have a storage unit in your freezer, next to delicious edamame nonetheless ;)

  3. Wow, that is a really cool bunch of chain of events. Funny how things like that work out.

    My photographer husband loves film too. When I was in labour he wanted to do some birth photography and brought a mix of digital and film. He fell in love with the images he captured on film the most.

  4. Funny, I just posted about this story and the lost film on Monday after reading about it on NPR. Such a great story.