Case de Lux

A monochrome photograph showing a partial reflection of a building in the windows of the building opposite.

There are images that look good when framed in the camera’s viewfinder, only to disappoint us when we see what has actually been captured. And there are photographs that disappoint us at first sight, only to intrigue us on subsequent re-acquaintance. The picture above is an example of both of these phenomena.

In the glass frontage of the Showcase Cinema de Lux in central Bristol, a reflection of a building opposite which almost appears as though floating, untethered from terra firma. It’s a frame of Adox CMS 20 document film/microfilm, taken with my Nikon F80 camera in late 2011. It was on a roll that I developed myself at home, using dilute (1+200) Rodinal.