What happens when you introduce 15,000 volts of electricity on instant film? As far as artist Phillip Stearns is concerned, magic happens.
We’ll start with the caveat that you not try this at home. Photographer and artist Phillip Stearns’ project named Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Other Vision Technologies, Real or Otherwise Imagined is quite a mouthful but is certainly relevant to our analogue interests. His project is described as A study of the effects of high voltage and household cleaning products on instant pull apart color film.
Watch the video below to see how exactly he does it. You’ll be able to see how the jolts of electricity scorch and even ignite the film with each pass. You can see the other photos of the set here. What can you say about his project? Let us know!