That is a scan from my 35mm Kodak Tri-X negative. It had been stored in my little house in Mississippi and unfortunately some little critter really liked the gelatin on the Tri-X.
Here’s what a closeup of the area around Susan’s right foot looks like, with the tones adjusted to really show off the tracks these negative eating weasels left:
These are very much like the tracks one gets from critters crawling around the agar in a petri dish. Yay.
And here’s round one of a restoration attempt:
When I first posted this photograph of Moriah, I posted a dusty one, and I’ve time to spot the dusty one and repost it. I’ve also included a close-up of the spotted versus the unspotted versions.
I find spotting photographs very relaxing, but certain aspects of the process frustrates me. Due to the way I work, removing the dust very clearly shows how her T-shirt has developed several dark spots that are separate from shadows.
Sometimes, in materials from Mississippi, I’ve seen those dark spots like a fungus or mold appearing on prints and negatives. On this image there’s a combination of environmental damage and various limitations of my abilities with the equipment that resulted in those spots, and they’re all over the fabric. Those are not as relaxing to remove.
A B&W photograph of a tree by Patrick Scott Vickers ≈ 1994.