Develop by 2014 it said on its tattered, dusty box. Four years past expiration wasn’t that big a deal if the film had been kept in a dark, cold place. But this little wonder, I was told, had been kept in a company car. That meant at least four hot summers, and who knows if it was hidden in the glove box or just flung about willy nilly. Nevertheless, finding anything film related made me rather giddy and eager to take it for a spin. Luckily, I was told to just take it home as no one else would ever make use of it.
Coincidentally, Collin and I were going on our anniversary hike at the Othello Tunnels. A perfectly spectacular half day trip to use up 27 shots! It was a good thing I didn’t bother bringing my other cameras out of sheer laziness, as it started raining when we got there — which only added to the spookiness of the entire roll.
A good chunk of them came out underexposed, despite the little flash that fought hard to go off. Overall, I loved the graininess, vignetting, and the muddied green tones. What a good find! Maybe one of these days I’ll get lucky and uncover another one of these. I do love the gritty, barely focused look through a cheap plastic lens. It’s like walking into a wayward nightmare — it’s absolutely delectable.
Fujifilm Quick Snap Flash
Expired: Jan. 2014
Does anyone out there still use disposable cameras? Expired ones? Show me what you did with it!