Kodak Color Plus film plus a receipt from Jessops for developing and printing (2008)

Film: Developing Photos The Old Way

Getting retro with film photography

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

I had a very weird, very retro experience this lunchtime. Lorna and my in-laws are back from their Florida holiday, and I offered to take my mother-in-law’s film (yes, film) in for developing. As one of my colleagues remarked “Do they still do that?”

I handed over my film and cash – and was surprised to be handed back a free, replacement film – that was 36 exposures, rather that the 24 I’d handed over.

And somewhere at the back of my head, I got a strange feeling of deja vu – like this was something that used to be quite common, and which has come back into fashion. Am I right? Or am I just mis-remembering?


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.