Give a lomographer a film camera and he will give you photographs splashed with vibrant, saturated hues. Give Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton a 4 x 5 film camera and she will give you mind-blowing psychedelic photos. We think it's better to let her photos do the talking, so read on and check them out!
The film photographs of Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton have been making rounds in the photography world, for a good reason: they are rather psychedelic testaments on how light marvelously works. As we all know, light plays a fundamental role in taking photos, making Eaton’s work an exercise in exploring the countless possibilities in photography.
Now, may we present to you a gallery of her selected works. Take your time looking at them:
Did that just make you scramble for an explanation as to how she makes these trippy photographs? You’re not alone. To satisfy my curiosity, I did a bit of reading around and somehow “unlocked” her secret for turning the bland box below to the psychedelic photos above.
“We’ve all mixed two colors of paint together, and either it makes another color or, if you keep going, it gets muddy and progressively gets darker,” Eaton explains in a TIME Lightbox feature. She proceeds to describe how light works in reverse: mixing the primary colors of light (red, blue, and green, while the primary pigment colors are red, blue, and yellow) gravitate toward white. Eaton then puts this concept into practice by using filters in these colors and multiple-exposing the film in her 4×5 camera.
Now comes the exciting part of her work: since she’s using film, she does not actually see or know what her images look like until she develops the photos. “The color itself is mixed inside the camera,” Eaton says. Isn’t that very much like the surprises we lomographers get from our cameras—only that Eaton’s is perhaps a hundred times more surprising!