Gross, Cool, or Both?


Disclaimer: do not try this at home! Ok, now that we've got that out of the way, want to know what happens when you swallow some film? Two Kingston University Students did, find out more after the jump.

Photo of Luke Evans via Creative Review

Is there a limit to what you would do in the name of art and analogue photography? For Luke Evans and Josh Lake, swallowing film to capture their insides is obviously not crossing a line. The two Kingston University students swallowed 35 mm, let their bodies do the rest, and then scanned the pieces of film using an electron microscope.

All images via Creative Review

You’ve seen their insides, now take a look at more of Luke's work and Joshua's work.

So, what’s the call? Gross, cool, or both?

This article was inspired by an article in Creative Review

written by gabysalas on 2012-06-01 in #news #35mm-films #films #art


  1. alix-mansell
    alix-mansell ·

    So did the X-Ray damage the film?

  2. paulamonteiroh
    paulamonteiroh ·

    gross and cool

  3. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    Very cool!

  4. popfry
    popfry ·

    Glad you like the project! =]

  5. catarella
    catarella ·

    wow! so cool!

  6. joshualake
    joshualake ·

    Thank you! Spelt my name wrong in my website link... : )

  7. eskimofriend
    eskimofriend ·

    I think it's cool yet do we really see a photograph or just what happened to the layers of the film?

  8. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    @joshualake, sorry about that. Article fixed!

  9. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Oh, no. My snail internet connection are too slow to open all of the photo. Does the two artist defecating the cliche that their swallow?

  10. jessye
    jessye ·

    flipping hell. AWESOME!

  11. megkalki
    megkalki ·

    whoa! ballsy men xD

  12. dainy
    dainy ·

    cool haha

  13. scaryshinigami
    scaryshinigami ·

    pretty cool!

  14. kiri-girl
    kiri-girl ·

    Ouchies that could potentially hurt your cutter..

  15. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    I'd say that's nastyyyy

  16. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    i don't get it. how did the film capture an image from the inside??

  17. fabc68
    fabc68 ·

    @itsdebraanne: it didn't. According to the authors it got damaged by acids and enzymes inside the gastrointestinal tract and then scanned after having been expelled.

  18. nadinadu
    nadinadu ·

    it looks really cool but i don't get it...did they vomit it out again to develop it or something?

  19. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    @fabc68 exactly so where did those images come from?

  20. fabc68
    fabc68 ·

    @itsdebraanne: those are scans of the film after it was swallowed and passed (well, except for the x-ray, of course). In practice, it's a chemical process that altered the film, not a photographic one. At least, that's what I understand from reading the original article (sorry in advance to the authors if I got it wrong)

  21. nock
    nock ·

    @fabc68 you're correct! The reaction is not made from the contact with light but contact made with the gastric fluids of digestion!

  22. nock
    nock ·

    @nadinadu lol no! they pooped them out!

  23. detroitlomo
    detroitlomo ·

    Wonder what the developing time was. Lol

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