In keeping with the recent theme of total neglect of my cameras, this one really takes the cake. Not only did I leave it for almost 2 years attached vertically to a branch of our grevillea, I failed to notice (even though I could see it from the kitchen window) that the branch was slowly growing and squishing the film pot camera.
So much so, that despite the vast quantities of gaffa tape used, the lid was completely squeezed off and out, making room for (shudddddder) a spider nest. Incidentally I didn’t discover the spider nest until I took the whole thing down from the tree. Note to self. Trees grow and therefore exert pressure on plastic vessels forcibly attached to them. One day I will learn!
The next trick was removing the spider and subsequent nesting materials from the squished film pot, to see if there was actually anything in there. The amount of dirt and detritus inside this thing is quite a testament to the laborious and tenacious nature of said spider. It didn’t want to come out. It’s quite amazing how robust the whole set up was. I had to tap tap TAP TAP TAP it upside down, and with considerable force before the spider decided that moving house would probably be a better option.
Finally after removing the spider, and her nest (sorry spider) I was able to investigate the contents. That is, would there be anything on the film paper? Well, where 2 years ago there used to be a robust and emulsion covered piece of photographic film in this camera, there was now a wafer thin and severely damaged sad and sorry scrap. HOWEVER. What was on this scrap blew my mind.
A kind of black and white rainbow?? How?? What??? Not sure I will ever know, but I love that there was SOMETHING cool on this film. Something photographic happened in there along with the mini ecosystem! Woohoo!