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A Black & White film on a rocky seafront in the 1950s

This black & white film was taken in the 1950s at a rocky seafront. It shows two men paddling in the sea and some shots of the rocks by the seashore.

About the film

The film was spliced onto the front of the last film I published on Vintage Home Movies a couple of days ago and is part of a collection of 5 films on 4 inch reels held in a small plastic film container.

It is unique in the collection because it’s shot on standard 8 Kodak Panchromatic black & white film. I think therefore that fact would indicate the film was taken in the 1950s because by the 1960s almost nobody would be using black & white film.

The quality of the film is pretty reasonable considering it’s age – there are no tears and the contrast stays pretty much the same throughout the length of the film.

Still images from Film

The images below were taken from various points in the rocky seafront film just to give a flavour of the contents.

Film shot by the Rocky Seafront

So the film itself is shown below.

I would think that the photographer who took it probably didn’t have much experience with a cine camera. There are several shots where the camera is panned too quickly, noticeably the section featuring the two men on the beach where the camera darts between them quite rapidly. I suspect this indicates that the film was one of the first the photographer shot – possibly another reason it is in black & white; make your first film on inexpensive media.

I don’t know where the location is for this film. Carrying out a google search for ‘rocky seafront‘ or ‘beach with rocks’ doesn’t really help because even if the same beach showed up I wouldn’t recognise it.

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A software developer by profession and an amateur photographer by hobby I've been interested in all things photographic since I was a teenager some 40 years ago. Many of my interests centre around vintage film photography and cinematography.

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