Photographer Jesse Lundervold shares her self-developed film photos.



“While I was home for Fall Break, I noticed that an enterprising spider had made their home in a bush. The way the light caught the strands made it appear very ephemeral.”photo-feature-jesse005

“I came across a pool of standing water on the steps on the side of Curry Hall. I decided to lay down on the ground so that I could get the best shot and definitely ended up with mud all over me.”photo-feature-jesse004

“My mom is an avid gardener and takes a few minutes out of every day to pull the dead stalks from the plants. She had collected a few when I took this shot.”photo-feature-jesse003

“This is another image from that puddle near Curry Hall, but a little bit earlier in the day. It’s very interesting to see the difference in lighting between the two.”photo-feature-jesse002


“This is near one of my favorite coffee shops in Kansas City. Apparently someone had just nailed this piece of painted wood into the light post.”


“This is the same light pole, but I was looking straight up. I love how this turned out purely because of the angle of the post with the

“It was beautifully clear day as I was walking down the street. There were hardly any clouds and the bright blue of the sky really contrasted with the light brick of the building below.”photo-feature-jesse005-2

“This is a glamour shot of one of my cats right before she decided to eat a bug on the ground.”photo-feature-jesse004-2

“My other cat is definitely the more serene of the two.”photo-feature-jesse006-2

“One of the longest running businesses on my town is going out of business. Everyone at my high school went here to rent their suits for prom. The store is another in a long list of stores in my town that have recently closed down.”


“You need to straighten the negative in the holder before you place it in the enlarger so that you can have the edges of your negative align with the opening in the holder.”


“The stop bath stops the developer from darkening the image more than you would want in your print.”


“The hardest part about developing your negatives is doing everything by feel. You take your film out of the cartridge and place it on the roll without ever seeing what you’re actually doing. Your negatives are light sensitive, so you can’t at any point expose them to light.”


“I love film because every step of the process is completely hands-on. I am involved in composing the shot and taking the shot. But I also develop my negatives myself and I have the power to create any kind of print I want from those negatives. It allows you a lot of freedom in the process, as well as a lot of room for error. That’s what makes it exciting.”