Aged Film Memories of Walter

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over 7 months since my Uncle Walter Kappelmann passed away in September. Like me, he always enjoyed photography. I inherited his old cameras, including a Nikon SLR with half used film still in it. I wondered what mysterious photos were undeveloped inside the camera, and what to do with the rest of the film. Like most people, I had not used film in years.

My Uncle Walter and I at Lake Louise, June 2011

I felt that it was only appropriate to use the remaining exposures to make pictures that would remind me of Walter. I finished up the first roll around Walter’s house. Once I got these developed back in Calgary, I discovered photos from a family event from over 10 years ago! I used the other rolls of film that were in the camera bag by taking of photos of places around Saint John that meant something to Walter or that brought back memories of my last photo walk with him in 2012.

Since the film is so old, a distinctive haze appears on all of the photos, which for me adds to their appeal and reinforces the memories I have associated with the photos. I actually have digital versions of most of these photos, but these ones are special because they were taken with Walter’s camera with his very last rolls of film that he would ever own.

In this picture, recent photos lay next to old camera equipment that has been in my family for decades.

At Christmas, my grandmother also found a dozen rolls of film taken by Walter 25-30 years ago, but never developed. I also had these developed, and was the first person to see these images never seen by Walter himself. In this blog post, I have shared the highlights from both collections of photos.

The next set of photos were taken by Walter himself. Since the film sat in storage for decades, there was lots of degradation of photo quality. The photo lab even added a comment that these rolls were very aged.

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2 thoughts on “Aged Film Memories of Walter”

  1. What a wonderful thing you did Paul. I really enjoyed both the pictures and you thoughts. Thank you for sharing these.

  2. These are amazing photos and very touching! Thanks for sharing such personal memories Paul…they’re real keepsakes!

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