Side Effects: A Roll of Dirty Dishes


Looking to manipulate your film to get different analogue effects? Check out this tipster to see another cool and easy way to do it!

In this quick tipster we go into another film manipulation project. This time it is done to a Fuji C200 film by putting it into the dishwasher along with dirty dishes.

For this film experiment, we’ll need the following:

  • A roll of film
  • A dishwasher
  • Detergent (no specific brand or type, can be the one that you usually use at home)
  • Dirty dishes

With that said, we can now start!

First, we position our film in the dishwasher. I recommend putting the roll in the cutlery basket so as not to risk losing it or having to go crazy to find the film scattered around the inside of the dishwasher.

Now, we load the dishwasher with all dirty dishes and pour in the detergent. We set it to gentle wash and wait until it finishes.

Drying the film

We can choose 2 ways to do this:

The simplest but also the longest is that of leaving the film to dry on its own (on average it takes a couple of weeks).

For a faster drying process, we will have to remove the film from the roll. In this case, the whole procedure must be carried out in complete darkness, or else we run the risk of burning the emulsion with light. Obviously when you’re drying the film, it’s good to always do it in the dark. We have to rewind it and leave a little piece of the leader to insert it into the camera.

Regardless of the drying technique you use, the results will still be the same. You just have to put our roll in the camera and start shooting and wait for the results from the lab.

Here are some photos:

Credits: simonesavo

As said before, I always set the dishwasher cycle to ‘gentle’ but I recommend you try it with other types of cycles and share with us the results!

written by simonesavo on 2014-07-17 in #gear #tipster #lab-rat #dishwasher #tipster #film-manipulation
translated by simonesavo


  1. mack58
    mack58 ·

    Is it the same if we do it AFTER having exposed the film ? So we don't need to dry it and can develop it directly after....

  2. barocio
    barocio ·

    Hi. Did you scan and edited the negatives by yourself? I have 2 developed rolls that went through the dishwasher, but I'm having trouble determining how to properly balance the colours using photoshop, so that I end up with photos as "faithful" to the distorted colours as I can. With regular film, I can usually automate the process, but the distorted rolls end up too cyan and I have to manually adjust the colours.

  3. simonesavo
    simonesavo ·

    @mack58 Be developed for the roll should always be dry .. otherwise you risk ruining the chemistry lab

  4. simonesavo
    simonesavo ·

    @barocio Hello, development and edit all the negatives alone. If you can help try to follow this tips :)…

  5. cynnievwg
    cynnievwg ·

    I tried it and the results of an 36-film is only one photo and maybe 10 negatives. On 5 negatives coy can see something. The rest is too dark or too bright. What happens to rest, I don't know. Any ideas would could went wrong? Maybe the drying? I dried it with a hairdryer.

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