The lost bull – does he belong to you? A story about a Nikon F-301…

I know there are cultural sensitivities around such subjects, but for me, bullfights are an expression of humanity’s ability to inflict utterly barbaric torture and death on innocent creatures.  The bull always loses.  This kind of thing confirms for me the need to be a vegetarian and treat animals well.

But I am writing here about a lost bull in a different sense.

My neighbour, Mabel Forsyth, recently gave me an old film camera that her husband had bought her on ebay: she had said to him that to play it safe she wanted another emergency spare camera body for a July 2006 wedding she was photographing.  Her husband bought it just before the wedding, but she never used it.  This means there are two things she didn’t know about the camera, a Nikon F-301:

  1. there are light leaks
  2. there was already a film in it.

This posting is mostly about the second of these.  The film, that I used up, is a roll of Fuji Sensia 100 (it has Fuji RA alongside the frames, along with the frame numbers).  And the first half of the roll is of a bullfight – these are definitely not my photographs!  Nor are they Mabel’s, who has also never been to a bullfight.  Nor are they from any members of her family who might have had occasion to borrow the camera.  So they must be from the previous owner…

Although I abhor bullfights, this situation intrigues me, and so if you are reading this and it is your film, do get in touch!  Presuming you can show me this really was your camera, I’ll send the relevant parts of the film strip back to you!

And the light leaks?  You’ll notice the circular light leaks on some of the images – these appear on mine too, using different lenses, so it is clearly a camera problem – though since she never used it, Mabel says she forgives you selling her a leaky camera!

Here are the four strips of film with the bullfight, and larger versions are available below these images.  Do NOT look too closely if you don’t want to see a bull being killed: I found it rather upsetting…

Bullfight 1

Bullfight 1

Bullfight 2

Bullfight 2

Bullfight 3

Bullfight 3

Bullfight 4

Bullfight 4

Large versions: strip 1, strip 2, strip 3, strip 4.

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5 thoughts on “The lost bull – does he belong to you? A story about a Nikon F-301…

  1. Alastair Ross

    Interesting story there Michael – these look like they have been double exposed – particularly the sequence bull fight 4 – it looks like there are landscape shots there as well.

    1. Michael Marten Post author

      That might be from me accidentally winding it back and using it, but I don’t think so. I wondered if these patterns were reflections in glass: the photographer was clearly somewhere high up in the stadium, so perhaps in a visitor box that reflected clouds in the glass etc.?

      1. Alastair Ross

        I thought that at first too that it was a viewing box, but the left hand one when you look at it up side down looks like a seascape/rocky shore – or am I developing an over active imagination like Rob Hudson.

        1. Michael Marten Post author

          Well, I have spent so long looking at these, as you can imagine, that I can see almost anything I like in there! What is not clear to me is why one of the images – either the “seascape” or the bullfight – is upside down – that would mean the camera would have been turned upside down for one of the shots, which seems unlikely to me.
          All the more reason to find the original owner!! 🙂

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