Thrift shops are fun places to shop. You will never know what you might run into and how much it will cost you to take it home. Likewise, Martijn Van Oers, who is a Dutch photographer, purchased an old camera when he was shopping in a thrift shop. The camera was a Zeiss Ikon 520/2 from 1929.
When he brought it home, he found a film roll embedded in the camera. The film roll was labelled as EXPOSÉ. With great curiosity Oers examined the film roll to find if there is any film which can be salvaged. This was a really exciting turn of events for Oers since he stumbled across a vintage item of his expertise and now it is just a matter of cracking through the aged film. Scroll down to read how Oers salvaged the film and he also managed to salvage a part of the film.More info & Photo courtesy: Instagram
Luckily, for Oers he had a friend of his; Johan Holleman. He was in the same industry as well and he developed films in his own kitchen.
After speaking with Oers, Holleman agreed to assist him by trying to develop this very old film.
The Dutch photographer estimated the film roll to be from the 70s at the latest. It was truly an amazing process to watch his friend work to salvage and develop this film, so he captured a few photos of his friend.
Surprising both men, they were able to develop a small number of pictures. The pictures were of a man and a woman who were presumably on a vacation. Since it had a French look to it, they checked Google Street View and confirmed a few possible locations the pictures were taken.
Oers tries to pinpoint the possible locations to track down the possible descendants of the man. He believes the camera belongs to the man since he is seen in the photos with the camera case.
For Oers this is truly a treasure hunt back into the time. Please share your thoughts about this event in the comments section below!