Mystery Photos

My new years resolution was ‘shoot more film’. Long story short (my theory is that) by shooting film, I’m spurred to be more creative, do more extra curricular creative things, that kind of thing. A sub plot is, that it’s often and adventure catalyst.

Case in point; I bought a ‘job lot’ of cameras from eBay. 5 cameras from a charity shop sale. The job lot included a historically important camera – a Konica C35 AF. Important because it was the worlds first Auto Focus camera. (Turns out the one I bought is a bit broken, but hay ho).

I noticed that the C35 was loaded with film. I contacted the sender who told me that he didn’t know where the camera came from as it was a donation to the charity – a hospice shop. He said I should dispose of the film. Ethical dilemma: would it be OK to develop the film first? I did.

Mystery Photos

Facts and suppositions:

* The camera came from North Chailey
* The film is quite old (colour has ‘degraded’)
* At least some of the film was shot in the UK (owing to the fact one of the shots has a UK Post Van)
* * The post van is quite an old model but looks new.
* * The van the photos was shot at 7:48 am or pm, or the clock was broken.
* One of the photos might have been shot in the Canery Islands (Dorada is a beer from the Canary islands.) It’s unlikely that someone would transport the umbrellas seen in one of the shots away from the islands. I don’t think they export said beer. A pub wouldn’t loft umbrellas advertising beer they don’t sell. (+Breweries get a bit twitchy about things like that.)

Any ideas? I’d love to trace these back to the owner or at least get location citation.

Comment below if you’ve got any ideas!

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6 Responses

  1. TreeBark Design
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    Matt! Your blog works!

    Joy of joys!

  2. Mark Nicholson
    Mark Nicholson at |

    Found it! Taken in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. The fish and chip van is still there and to be absolutely sure there’s a building with the word BAR on the roof in the distance.,-6.0679424,3a,52.7y,190.44h,88.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-poXGW-jGAl5BGiZeHpTew!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  3. Mark Nicholson
    Mark Nicholson at |

    I typed in a description of the photo and sifted through the images in Google. It may seem like a strange thing to do but if I see an old photo or bit of footage where the location is unknown I like to do the detective work and find out where it is. Google Maps is one of my favourite toys.

  4. Mark Nicholson
    Mark Nicholson at |

    That’s awesome, and now we know the shots are taken in Tenerife I was able to locate where this shot was taken.

    If you zoom in on the roof you can read “Reastaurante LA FUENTE” which is a pretty big clue but then there’s a few places with the same name so I had to look around for a place situated near some mountains and this street view image confirms it, look at the mountains beyond the roof, the same pointy one as in the pic. I can’t get the exact angle but it’s obviously the same place, the restaurant sign is still on the roof with the addition of a horse, the buildings in the distance are pretty much the same too.,-16.8395325,3a,75.2y,203.63h,84.67t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sw5viXAmxgNJhX2Wz7DvIGQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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