I bought a book with photography by Walter Hirsch this summer at an outlet in Höganäs. I actually held that book in my hand back in 2021, at the same outlet, never bought it. I’m glad I this time around spent a whooping 100 SEK, for I was really smitten by his grainy black and white photography, a lot if it shot with a Canon Dial half-frame camera. Many of his photos were scanned and reproduced with the negative borders visible, as I understand it a way of showing that nothing had been cropped out. I’ve had film scanned with borders too, and I’ve always been fond of the look. I wondered if it was possible to approximate that feel also for digital photos and if this was something that should even be considered. How embarrassed would I feel looking at those photos ten years from now?
I looked around the Internet for already existing solutions, and found none. I din’t want a static png overlay, even if it was scanned from a real film negative. I wanted something that would work in a more organic way.
I’ve called the script Poser Frames and it can be downloaded from here, together with installation instructions.
Here are a few frames, simulating the look of 35 mm film.