Photographic negatives. They look like strange poltergeists, or an oddworld version of our earth. But as you proved for this week’s Shooting Challenge, they’re not just strange; negatives can also be beautiful.
Photographic negatives are like a peek into some hidden dimension. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, we want you to photograph a negative.
These images look pretty great considering they're 100 years old. They look even better when you learn they've been sealed in Antarctic ice for 100 years.
Want to add more wrinkles to that ol' brain of yours? Stare at the colored dots on the girl's nose in the photo above for 30 seconds. Then look at a white surface (blank browser, mayhaps) and start blinking. You should see a non-negative image of the girl. WHAT. BRAIN. MELTING. WHAT. OHMYGOD. Yep, that jiggly stuff in…
Rick Norsigian found a couple of boxes full of glass negatives at a yard sale and bought them for $45, negotiated down from $70, 10 years ago. Now, he's discovered that they're early photographs of Ansel Adams worth $200 million.
We didn't always have digital cameras, and those negatives still laying at the bottom of some dusty drawer are proof. Now you can easily and affordably digitize those memories.