A few months back, I posted some psychedelic photos of Bishkek – the eccentric offspring of a Soviet rangefinder camera and a defective roll of color film. I haven’t shot too much film since then, as the rangefinder is heavy, fragile, and not particularly easy to use, but I recently developed another (non-defective) roll of film. Below are the results. These images aren’t half as funky as the first batch, but they’re also half as likely to induce seizures or acid flashbacks, which I guess is a net positive. At any rate, I’m still amazed that a 45-year-old Soviet camera – a cheap copy of a copy of a decent German Leica – still produces any images at all.
The scan quality is quite poor but I have low expectations for a lab that charges $0.81 to develop a roll of color film. (Shout out to that one techician I call Sergey, despite the fact that I don’t actually know what his name is.) If anyone has a half-decent film scanner in Bishkek, please let me know. I added pillarboxes to those images in portrait orientation so that they play nice with the page formatting, but other than that, the images are unedited, and posted in chronological order.