film is eternal

Yesterday I began a new black & white darkroom printing workshop at San Francisco City College.

One of the other photographers printed a photo of a bunch of lions feeding on a buffalo carcass in the African grasslands. 

It was a beautiful and bold photo. Perfectly composed, taken from a high angle so that the camera is peering down on the lions as they fed. The image quality was super sharp.

We asked this guy, So when did you take this photo? We figured it was fairly recent. 

Sometime in the 70s, he said. 

Apparently he had dug up the old negative, and decided that was the photo he was going to print yesterday.

Looking at the beautiful print he made, you never would have guessed that the original image was captured 40-some years ago.