Quite possibly the worst film … resulting in unintended art

It’s almost like they did this on purpose …

… to frustrate a whole county worth of photographers. China strikes again – via Five Below.

… or did they?

With many newbies getting into lomography instead of technical photography, shipping America the worst possible film may have actually backfired.

Think about it … lots of grain, very little color saturation (I mean, it looks like film that was exposed and then the canister left to sit in an attic for fifteen years before developing), you actually get shorted a frame on a ten frame roll (oh, yeah … it’s only 10 frames).

This is being done in a time where experimental lomographists (that’s my word, I mad it up, I’m copywriting it … so get your checkbooks out if you use it) are paying up to $35 per roll of film for stock that has been f^&%d up entirely on purpose to make it look like crap, and the Up-Tech film from China via Five Below is coming pre-messed up.

I bought five rolls right off (for camera testing of course — I have professional cameras, I can’t admit to actually wanting to have fun with film).

Here are a few examples of shots taken (appropriately with cameras that are in need of repair):

Pretty messed up pictures, right? …. but at $5.55 (price as of 02/10/24), not to bad for a little fun.

Out of all the things the newer generations love that we love to strongly dislike them for, experiences as far as this type of photography goes may actually be a good one … for they are creating unintended art and having a great experience doing it. Counting all of the things we criticizing them of, also unintentionally preserving history via the experience of creating unintended art with a camera, should not be one of them.

-Photo Guy


-Photo Guy