Title ID 1071Collection ID677
TitlePond Life
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionF P Barnitt
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Rural Areas
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionF. P. Barnitt
CameraF. P. Barnitt
Other creditsB. Newbury (Microscope)
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration5 min. 50 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A shot of a village pond is followed by a sequence of microscopic images that show in detail the creatures which inhabit the waters. The creatures, now housed in petri-dishes, include water fleas, fly lava and a hydra. The film has explanatory intertitles.


A still from Pond Life (1930s)

Contextual information

Frank Perrin Barnitt was a solicitor in Tunbridge Wells with a keen interest in film and photography. With the help of Mr Newbury's microscope, Barnitt was able to capture some remarkable images of an hitherto unseen world - as this film reveals. The degree of sophistication and expertise, as shown by the results seen here, are all the more impressive given that he was simply pursuing his hobby. Another of Barnitt's films called 'At the Zoo - London', was donated to the Library of the Zoological Society in London.