Those of us who develop ourselves typically throw the empty film canister away when we’re done. Perhaps we’ll keep one from a roll of something a little rare now and again. Hillvale, an independent film lab in Melbourne, Australia, however kept everything. Since opening shop in 2013, Hillvale have been saving the 35mm film canister from each roll of film that’s been brought in to them for developing.
Last year, they developed their 50,000th roll. That means between 1.2-1.8 million photographs. Hillvale decided to celebrate this momentous occasion by turning these empty film canisters into works of art. Well, they had to do something with them. The empty canisters were just taking up far too much room. Thirty 50 litre (13.2 US Gallons) tubs, to be precise.