Give your Film a Shower


Doing experiments is fun. Especially experiments with film as you get some amazing results. I was thinking about what I could do and I decided to have the film take part in something which when do as a matter of routine. So the film had a shower and was shampooed. The results range from almost not visible to breathtaking to horrible - all this on one roll of film!

If you want to give it a try, you’ll need not much:

  • a cheap 35mm film
  • shampoo (maybe conditioner, too)
  • hot water
  • a darkroom or another room which you can prepare to be light-proof
  • a hair-dryer

I started working on the film with hot water and then I put some shampoo on.
Later I filled a cup with hot water and shampoo, put the film in and waited some time. At last I allowed the film some conditioner, just for the fun of it. ;)

Later I rinsed it thoroughly. I pulled the film out, dried it bit by bit and wound it back on the spool, all in a light-proof room. The most difficult part for me was to prepare a window so it would not let any light in, as I didn’t have a darkroom.

I was surprised by the results. At first I thought the shampoo would not have had any effect.
There are some photos which were hardly affected.

Some did just turn out badly!

Then I noticed the dots! I guess this is because of the heat. I like the change of colour on some pictures which comes because of the soap.
Finally there are these pictures: You can hardly see anything, but I think the colours are nice!

written by joeay on 2011-04-27 in #gear #tipster #experiment #lab-rat #film #soap #water #shampoo #hot #shower
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  1. lalalalalalala
    lalalalalalala ·

    This is much too interesting! I'll try this out when I find myself feeling gutsy. Bravo, though! I think your pictures came out nice anyway. :)

  2. isoterica
    isoterica ·

    That got shot is great :D Thanks for the article, clever!

  3. okonsten
    okonsten ·

    I love the Animal-shaped donky thing on the third photo at the bottom:)

  4. kingofthebeach
    kingofthebeach ·

    Awesome! I tried this a few weeks ago, yet to get my film developed though! Not really sure what to expect, but yours look pretty sweet! x

  5. kingofthebeach
    kingofthebeach ·

    oh, and just wondering, did you expose the film, before or after giving it a shower? :)

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