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then and now - diana mini photos

I am the very lucky owner of a Diana Mini camera. I've wanted one for sooooo long, and recently I won one in a giveaway from Sunshine and Carousels. Amazing.

As soon as it came (after I gazed at it lovingly for a bit), I grabbed some film that I found, and loaded it up. It was old and expired, which I figured would produce some interesting shots. The film sometimes caught while advancing, and I struggled a bit while taking this first roll of film. I read that it was normal, and continued on. I expected mixed results, and definitely some double-exposures. Here's what I got:

Old Film / New Film

Old Film / New Film

But then, something interesting as I flipped through the photos (which didn't get cut square, I'll deal with that issue another time...).

Old Film / New Film

In case you can't tell, that's a pig. Now, I haven't been around any pigs for a long time. About 20 years, to be exact. We press on.

Old Film / New Film

Old Film / New Film

These are of me and my little sister when we visited a pig farm. What?!?! It seems that the film I found had already been exposed, and it just had the tail of film poking out, making it look fresh. Crazy! At first, I thought, "No! I've ruined old photos by shooting over them!" But then I realized how cool they came out. Many of them it's difficult to see the double-exposure...it's more the coloring that was affected. But then there was this one:

Old Film / New Film

This hasn't been edited at all. On the left is me then. On the right is me now. The diptych happened on it's own, and it happened to have been cut perfectly for this. Also, I'd like to point out the shoes I was wearing 20 years ago are nearly identical to those that I'm wearing now. Seriously...how did that happen!?!

I can't wait to shoot another roll (a fresh one this time!), and see what happens. Of course, I won't expect anything like these again, but it does seem that this Diana Mini is magical!

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Unrelated, but also a sort of flashback, you can read about my adoption story over on Take Heart today! Go visit and say hello!

24 comments:

  1. Wow! What an amazing surprise! :)

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  2. I LOVE that this happened! You must have been beyond thrilled. I hope that the Diane continues to be magical for you!
    XO

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  3. That is amazing!! They look great

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  4. You've warped the space-time continuum! Love the photos. So glad the older ones weren't lost. :)

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  5. Wow, the pigs look reallllllly really huge! :D

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  6. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love the Diana. I have a F+ (http://feeistmeinname.blogspot.com/search/label/Diana%20F%2B) and I'm always pleasantly surprised, when I discover some pictures on other people's blogs :)! And I love those pigs :)!

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  8. W O W !!! These are some pretty cool photos you took girl!! I love the double exposures, layered over photos of you when you were younger!! How neat!!

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  9. That is so cool! I will be on the lookout for this camera!

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  10. I love these! The diana camera is high on my wish list!

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  11. This post makes me so happy!!

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  12. WOW. That's amazing that the film was already exposed and that you still go images like this! So cool that you now have a combination of both eras in one photograph.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  13. wow that's amazing! I especially love the one with the now and then shoes!

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  14. Where did you get "real" film developed? My Mom has several rolls in her dresser drawer which have been there for AGES, but all the local places no longer develop it...

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  15. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments!

    Karen, I took this into Sam's Club, and they had no trouble. They said that they still get 35mm film on a regular basis.

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  16. Wow...amazing :) Love those pictures AND the fact that you are wearing similar shoes in the "same" picture! I've been wanting the Diana for 4 years now, and I think this might be the year I buy it! :)

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  17. I think it's so cool that this happened. What a great accident. :)

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  18. I love, love, love that photo of you then and now with the same shoes. What a little treasure!

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  19. Wow!! What are the odds of that happening?! Love how they turned out - especially that last one. :)

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  20. What gorgeous photos! I love moments like this where you go in expecting one thing and find out it's something totally different, but even better. Beautiful!

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  21. what an absolutely amazing & lovely 'mistake'. these are wonderful :D

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  22. haha, you made me giggle out loud when you started talking about not having seen a pig in years. too freakin cute and i love the effect you got on the photos. totally magical!

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  23. that is such an awesome accident! i love when mistakes work out for the better!

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  24. Oh my gosh that is amazing! It made for awesome looking photos and also for a great story! I love it.

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