Film Scan: Gray Treefrog

Volume 8, Issue 44; 26 Mar 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

I took a lot of pictures before digital cameras even existed. For a long time, I believed I'd taken a lot more traditional film images than digital images, but as the counter on my digicam is just about to cross the 5,000 mark, I'm no longer confident that's the case.

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.

Andre Malraux

I'm unlikely ever to be as prolific as Tim (in this, or much of anything else for that matter), but I've been scanning some of my film images into bits too.

With the exception of a few vacation pics from the 90's and beyond, they're all black and white. For years, I bought film in 100 foot rolls (mostly Ilford HP5), made my own rolls, developed, and printed my own images. I still have a couple of enlargers and some of the other implements in my basement. It's not hard to do and it's a lot of fun. But I take more pictures with my digital camera and the best way to get good pictures is to take more of them, so I'm pretty much a total convert.

From about first grade through the start of high school, I was going to grow up to be a herpetologist. I say that by way of explaining the preponderance of pictures of herps. Like this one, a gray treefrog from about mid-eighties.

Is that adorable, or what?