Thursday, April 19, 2012

For the love of dirt.

Spring is in the air and today I'm finally getting around to starting some plants, but before I could get out the door, Mr. Mailman (or Mr. Maleman as I like to call him) came strutting up my steps with a big package in his hands. Sounds nice, doesn't it? Here's what it was:
Not the package you were expecting?
Aw it's so good! Look at the sun bouncing off those happy leaves! Look at that fabulous dirt! It occurred to me that I certainly have a 'thing' for autochromes that feature dirt. I think the graininess of the format is particularly flattering to texture. It also helps that the three 'dirty' autochromes I have are all much larger than most of my others; as far as I'm concerned, the bigger the better when it comes to autochromes (the motion of the ocean is only a detriment).

You can almost smell those flowers, non?

But this one still reigns supreme for nice soil: it's a very old one and the colour is still vibrant for it's age, it's giant sized, and the dirt looks magnificent. Gaze away:

You should come over and see this one under the loupe - it's amazing.
Keep your eyes peeled for dirty autochromes! They have an inflated value at the moment. Happy filthing!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Weird Film Cells!

UPDATED! From Rosita (1923) starring good old Mary Pickford!

(thank you Myles!!)

I'd sure like to figure out what movie these cells are from. I spent an afternoon putting each little one inside a nice glass slide casing, so they're a little easier to scan. These are the ones I like best, I also like how you can see where the sprockets have worn the perforations:

I don't know what's going on here. None of the other cells give any clues!
Just like my room!
I did a cleanup job on these two to take out the specks. See Mmm Coffee!

Cute stuff, right? All I know is it's a United Artists movie, something about a castle. Can anyone recognise it?