Film Ferrania

Yashica Mat with rolleinar 2 / Kodak Tri-X / Developed in Rodinal 1+99 for 60 mins

Last month I was very excited to receive, all the way from Italy, my Film Ferrania postcard, part of the reward for contributing to their hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. If you love film and are not aware of what they’re up to, after you’ve dipped your finger in mustard and poked yourself in the eye, please check it out. But in short, these guys are using the remnants of the original 1923 Ferrania complex to create a new fully self-contained factory to produce complete still and motion picture film. The key here is ‘self-contained’. Their aim is to be able to create the finished product from just the raw materials, so there’s no reliance on buying in part-finished products or outsourcing some of the process. This is colossal and in my opinion the most important development for film since it’s decline and more recent gradual revival. First batches of film are due this year.

In other news, also pictured is my 1950s Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash. Apart from being the prettiest Bakelite art deco box camera ever, it’s also incredibly easy to refurbish. Anyway, a bit more on that when I’ve actually shot some pictures with it. In the meantime it sits very nicely on my sideboard, where it attracts the envy and admiration of all my friends1.

1That’s not true; my friends are normal.