Last Updated: 26 September, 2020
Do you remember taking photographs and having to wait for them to be developed? On this day 25 years ago I dropped a film of holiday photographs off at a local shop. I didn’t write down how long I had to wait before picking them up, but I suspect it was 24 hours (I think this was before 1 hour developing). It is hard to remember a time when you couldn’t see your picture straight away and decide to take another one if it didn’t work, but I still remember the feeling of excitement and dread before opening the packet to discover what I’d taken.
Over the weekend, I slightly re-lived this time of photography history. We spent the weekend at the beach and I used my waterproof camera to take pictures in the sea. Unfortunately, it is an old camera and some moisture got inside a few weeks ago and although the camera still works the display doesn’t, meaning I could not see the pictures I’d taken, with the added complication of not even having a viewfinder. Downloading the pictures today was the equivalent of opening the photo packet, and I discovered while I managed to point the camera in the correct direction most of the time, some are missing the action.