Expired at the Daytona 500 – by Chip Litherland

DAYTONA 500 SHOT ON EXPIRED FILM

Sarasota, FL-based photographer Chip Litherland took some expired film rolls to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race and captured stunning photos.

A box of super-expired E-6 and C-41 35mm film has been sitting in a box in my closet for years slowly filling up with random rolls collected from friends, found in old camera bags leftover from internships, and the like. This isn’t film that expired just last year. This is film expired with dates like: March 1996. November 1975. April 2004. January 1992. October 2006. Expiration dates that are probably older than some of you reading this blog post. This was before having flares and crazy-whack color shifts became an app on an iPhone. Some of this film was around when Zack Morris had a brick phone on Saved by the Bell and Kurt Cobain was still thrashing around with Anarchist cheerleaders in a gym.

I have been waiting for some project with an editor with a little gamble in him/her to do this kind of shoot, but with a credential for the Daytona 500 (and no assignment) this seemed like the time to break out the rolls of film and take the risk. Daytona International Speedway had just completed a $400 million renovation in time for the race, trying to spark new interest in the sport with new generations of NASCAR fans. I had no idea once I processed film if I would even get anything usable, but my hope was to get images that echoed the timelessness of Daytona and its fan base. I packed up a couple film bodies (Nikon FM + FE-2) and grabbed a 50mm and 35mm for each and left the house with just that and a ThinkTank full of film at 4am and headed across the state to the track.

Continue reading on Chip’s blog.

DAYTONA 500 SHOT ON EXPIRED FILM

DAYTONA 500 SHOT ON EXPIRED FILM

DAYTONA 500 SHOT ON EXPIRED FILM

DAYTONA 500 SHOT ON EXPIRED FILM

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