Decay & Melancholy: Addiction to the Black Magic Pack

Not so long ago, a very kind friend of mine gave me one of the most beautiful gifts I have ever received in my life.  I’m not exaggerating in the least either.  It was a pack of extremely expired Time-Zero film.  Those who work with expired films know that getting good results can be a gamble.  In this case, I wagered and won.  I have never loved a pack of film so much!  While I’m grateful that I had a pack like this to shoot, I’m left wanting another black magic pack just like the one I had.  It’s a craving that can’t every be satisfied, though, as there is no more of the stuff to be had.

The impenetrable overgrowth of roses held motionless in their various stages of blossoming and decay…

Stages of Blossoming & Decay

Stages of Blossoming & Decay

Emerging from time…



We only remember fragments…

Fragments of Memory

Fragments of Memory

We are all lost…

The Lost Art

The Lost Art

The common fate of all things rare…

The Common Fate

The Common Fate

23 responses to “Decay & Melancholy: Addiction to the Black Magic Pack

  1. i am in love with that pack, too… and i’ve only seen the results on a screen.

  2. hi =] it’s audrey.
    i’ve bookmarked you here
    my site is
    hope to keep in touch!

  3. How extremely expired was the film?

  4. time-zero film (expired in 1999)
    shot on july 2, 2008

  5. I have at least one roll of APS and a couple of rolls of 35mm left in the fridge .. there might even be a couple of rolls in the freezer still.

    I think I’ll take “the ultimate gamble” very soon .. not knowing the outcome of an entire roll of old film .. see if I have lost my skills in digital gluttony ..

  6. facesandfeatures

    I love Fragments of Memory, the streak of light adds a dreamy sadness like tears running down his face.

  7. Fragments of Memory is featured in the Polaroid gallery of the October issue of Light Leaks Magazine. It is a Polaroid issue.

  8. Haunting images. I tried similar experiments a few years back – but the results were nowhere near as good as this, the close up face is remarkable.

  9. thanks for the comments. 🙂

  10. I love these photos. Thanks!

  11. I had never heard of this before, but the style is incredible! I love how they turned out.

  12. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful treasure. What a remarkable gift. Your talent is refreshing.

  13. blackwingedconvolution

    Lovely 🙂
    Drop by our site some time!

  14. It’s been years since I’ve been so in love with a photograph…let a lone a set. Cheesy as it sounds thank you.

  15. Great, Wonderful stuff!

  16. I’ve never thought of shooting using expired film – these are beautiful!

  17. Very nice. I know next to nothing about expired Time-Zero film, but I those pictures have some fierce and subtle power.

    Glad to see the post showing up on the front page of wordpress.

    I’ll put you up on my blogroll.

    Love, wildness, chaos….


  18. love those photos..great…

  19. thesixteenthzephyr

    Wow these are beautiful, especially the “Fragments of Memory” one. I myself have never had much luck with film, but sometimes you can get some really beautiful shots…. As seen here ^_^

  20. amazingampersand

    These photos are inspiring! I’m a lazy digital photographer – too impatient to wait to have film developed – but these make me want to buy a Polaroid camera and snap away!
    Congratulations for these truly memorable pictures.

  21. Hi there! I found you on Etsy. I love, love, LOOOOOVE your work. It speaks to me.

    Only wish I had the $ to work in polaroids. I also have a Holga that I never use, but it is beckoning me now. Thanks for awakening my photographic spirit. 😉

    Come by and visit me sometime!


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