By now most everyone dabbling in analog photography has seen articles on the use of “Caffenol”, “Beerinol”, “Redwineol” where people have developed film in mixtures of coffee, beer, red wine. While these can be fun experiments with show-able results they are somewhat pricey developers. Aside from the coffee-beer-wine you also need fairly consumptive amounts of sodium carbonate (wash soda) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to make it work. We are going to pare that down a bit.
Lucus Landers is a film photographer and camera maker. He has recently captured some pretty unique black and white wildlife photos with his Canon 1N. His series shows zebras, buffalos, elephants and many other animals in their natural habitat. But there’s a catch – these photos weren’t made in the wild at all! They were all taken in the Museum of Natural History in New York. Would you ever figure it out?
Submerging your film in liquid might not seem like a good idea, but when done properly it’s a photography technique that can garnish unexpectedly beautiful results. Without any post-processing work, you can get a distorted effect with vivid streaks of color and interesting textures. Photographer Polina Washington is an expert in these “film soups” and describes the process as a risk that could destroy your work. “But, if even one image turns out well, it’s worth it,” she says. “As they say, the battle is worth the blood.”
We asked Washington to cook up some new soup recipes and show us the results. She dropped a 35mm roll in ramen broth, stirred another roll into her drink at the bar, and even soaked her negatives in water sourced from the less-than-pristine Neva River in Saint Petersburg, where she lives. Keep reading to learn more about her process, tips and tricks.
Lots of us still shoot and develop our own film, but many limit themselves to black and white, at least when it comes to DIY developing. C41 colour film is perceived as a complex process that requires an expensive Jobo or other specialised equipment.
Well, Michael Raso and John Fedele from the Film Photography Project are here to show you that this simply isn’t true in their new video using their C41 Home Developing Kit. Well, Michael’s going to show you, John’s there to heckle Michael.