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The Colors of Christmas (and Other Holidays) on Film

December is a month full of holidays, and each of those holidays have a color scheme. I tried to match each one with a set of films. How well do you think I did?

Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday whose name comes from the Swahili “matunda ya kwanza” or “first fruits.” The modern Kwanzaa celebration began in 1966, and was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in the midst of the Black Freedom Movement in the U.S. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one, and it occurs from December 26th to January 1st. Its colors are red, green, and black. For this holiday, I chose Fuji Velvia 100f for red, Ferrania Solaris 100 for green, and Lomography Lady Grey for the black. When I cross process Fuji Velvia 100f, I tend to get gorgeous, all-over red casts in my photos. Ferrania Solaris is my favorite outdoor toy camera food, since it produces some gorgeous green tones. Finally, Lady Grey is a wonderful film for indoors-with-flash shooting, and I love the results I have seen because of the black from the light falling off in the background.

Hanukkah/Chanukah
The Jewish traditional celebration that normally takes place in mid- to late December, depending on where it falls on the traditional Jewish calendar. This year, the 8-day Festival of Lights will begin on December 20th. The holiday celebrates the victory of the Jews in 165 BCE against the Seleucid monarchy. The menorah is lit to celebrate the ancient Jews use of one jar of oil to keep the candles in the temple lit. The holiday’s colors are traditionally blue and white. For this holiday, I chose Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 and Agfa APX 100. Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100, when cross processed, takes on a gorgeous electric-blue hue. Agfa APX 100, which was also sold as Agfa Silvertone, has gorgeous silvery greys in its mid-tones.

Christmas
The Christian holiday of Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and also the arrival of Saint Nicholas to bring presents to children. Christmas celebrations vary widely from place to place, but the giving of presents and the Nativity scene are both fairly standard. Christmas is always celebrated on December 25th. Regardless of your tradition, be it Saint Nick, Sinterklaas, Knecth Ruprecht, Tió de Nadal, Los Reyes Magos, going to KFC in Japan, or many of the others. Generally, the traditional Christmas colors are red and green. For red, I chose Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, and for green I chose Lomography X-Pro Slide 200. Lomography Redscale XR is obvious because it is red, especially at 200 or pushed to 400. Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 is based on the old Agfa RSX 200 emulsion, and it often turns very yellow-green when cross processed.

These are just my ideas, feel free to share your own in the comments section!

written by nation_of_pomation

3 comments

  1. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    Kwanzaa is an African American holiday and you represent it with white people?!

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  2. jessye-g

    jessye-g

    beaut :)

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  3. nation_of_pomation

    nation_of_pomation

    @emperornorton I just picked that photo because I thought it exemplified the aspects of the film I like.

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