When you delete images from your digital camera the files are lost forever, not so with film. The mistakes, wrong decisions or bad memories continue to exist somewhere albeit as unwanted artefacts. It used to be possible to find these discarded pictures/negatives on the pavement, in skips, in the trash, but not anymore. I have collected found film/photographs since 2001 but every year I was finding less and less. Now that digital photography has all but taken over, finding film has become extremely rare.

I decided to make my own fictional found pictures, recreating film’s innate authenticity for memories, enhanced by the blemishes of neglect. These ersatz discarded images recreated to fill a void left by the digital revolution, strive to offer a random glimpse of lives led while simultaneously exploring notions of authenticity at the demise of analogue photography.

— Steven Chandler