Film Scans - December 2017 / by Adam Travis

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been shooting mostly on film recently. The ‘delayed gratification’ aspect of film pairs well with documenting daily life, which is what most of my photography has been lately. Seeing scans a month or two after the shutter clicked open is like revisiting an old journal. What seemed mundane then becomes inundated with a kind of nostalgia.

I was going to hold off on processing these rolls since I enjoy getting so many photos back at once. Last week, though, I realized I would be traveling for a week with a camera that’s sat unused for quite a bit of time, with a new lens – I wanted to make sure the kit was still in good working order.

So last Friday, I sent four rolls, plus one that I’d mistakenly opened the camera back on, off to Seoul to be developed and scanned. Service was above and beyond anything I experienced in Canada, with the lab offering on-site storage, drum scanning of images at a later date, a one-day turnaround for black and white, all on top of lightning-fast shipping.

On Tuesday, I received a link to download my images. After a few days of straightening, applying a few tone curves and crops, here are some of my favourites. 

 Vegetable market in Seo-Gu, Gwangju

Vegetable market in Seo-Gu, Gwangju

 A bus speeds through Seo-Gu, Gwangju. 

A bus speeds through Seo-Gu, Gwangju. 

 Used shoes on a donation box. 

Used shoes on a donation box. 

 Tracks in the snow, as seen from a second-story window. 

Tracks in the snow, as seen from a second-story window. 

 Condensation on frosted glass. 

Condensation on frosted glass. 

 Snow swirls around a streetlight on the first snow of the year. 

Snow swirls around a streetlight on the first snow of the year. 

 A woman stands silhouetted against traffic. 

A woman stands silhouetted against traffic.