The Clown and the Choir |Case #023

CASE CLOSED

The people or photographer have been identified and any updates will appear as a video link below.

Update Episode

About the Film
There’s 40 frames crammed onto this 36 roll of Kodak Gold 400-6, I really was quite surprised. Right away from look of the negatives after processing, you can tell they’re old, at least 20 years.

I came across this roll of film while in Seattle Washington, in August 2014.

The Photos

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You can see right from the beginning of the roll, a useful shot was taken. The car could be 80’s or 90’s. I’m pretty sure that’s a map on their dashboard.

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Some nice photos of the countryside.

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The computer off to the side is very mid 1990’s. The calendar is overexposed and I can’t make out a date. There’s a game on the desk: mancala, which is a type of board game. Doesn’t help me narrow the date down, as possibly hundreds of versions of this popular game exists.

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Some photos behind this kid include a vintage car, early 20th century, a house, a farm silo, a man silhouetted by steam or smoke, and a piece of farm equipment in what could be snow. There’s a respectable book collection which seems to include some thick textbooks.

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The wall art looks tribal. The desk calendar just says “16”. Thanks calendar.

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Photos of the home, family and what’s likely a nearby park. The boat anchor in the park could be a clear indicator of where this was shot. The cars and their condition still leave this in the 1990’s, probably earlier rather than later.

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An overexposed shot

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A strong pose for a clown. Also, more photography on the walls. Could be the home owners work.

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Photos from a kid costume party, and we can safely assume it’s near halloween. This could be at a school or community hall.

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Finger, in the last few shots, and a change of scene. This looks like a choir, keep in tune with what time of year it is, this may be Christmas now. I see a star on the window, and maybe snow outside?

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The photos are underexposed and pretty far away. You can see someone video taping in the crowd in one shot and the camera looked big.

Conclusions
Not a tonne to go on with this roll, even though it’s the most exposures I’ve seen fit on a 36 roll. Early 1990’s, and I see no reason why this isn’t in or near Seattle.

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CASE CLOSED

The people or photographer have been identified and any updates will appear as a video link below.

Update Video

Camera and Film
I acquired this, with several other rolls of film, while visiting Seattle, Washington in August 2014. This is a 24 exposure roll Kodak Gold 200-6. The photographer managed to squeeze a total of 25 exposures, and out of those 24 retained images. This likely came from a point and shoot camera.

There is some colour warping. Could be the result of heat, but more likely age.

UPDATE: Film is aprox five years old. Colour shifting is due to heat or improper storage.

Photos
The first couple photos reveal El Castillo, so we can pretty much assume these are vacation photos.

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Here’s a bunch of really cool masks.

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Not sure if these images are supposed to be abstract or misfires?

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This photo could be taken by a kid, since we’re at eye level with the boy. This could explain the abstractness of the previous photographer.

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These next could photos look like they could be some type of indoor metal art piece. Sort of reminds me of the silent film metropolis.

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This really could be anywhere because the next shots we have look like they’re back home. There’s the family dog, the kids room, including bunk bed, living room.¬†mdev-150214-011

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Kids fighting over oil pastels…very 20th century.

 

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There’s a sheet of paper of the back of a door. The title reads “The Jammes House Rules” I can’t read what they are, but there’s 12 of them. I don’t recognize any of the toys, but there’s a plastic VHS cassette case.

 

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This dog is being framed.

 

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A calendar says June but I can’t make out the year anywhere.
UPDATE: Thanks to ExtraNoise from Reddit for pointing out this calendar’s June 30th, ends on a Wednesday in 2011 and that the poster above the girls head is this one, made after 2009

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This looks like J.C. Chasez (Nsync) on the TV, but I couldn’t figure out what show he’s on.

Update: Thanks to several people for pointing out this is “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” which only came out after 2009

 

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Quite 90’s. Not a computer or cell phone in sight.

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Conclusions
These last photos, were likely taken by one of the kids, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the whole roll. This last photo shows their backyard. Could be Seattle, where I found the film, the trees look right for Washington.

Not sure why the film was abandoned, as the roll was finished. A lot of times there’s a jam or the battery dies. This had images from head to toe.