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Lomig Perrotin and His Scratchy Paper Film Washi

For most, Washi paper is just quirky and fun material to decorate things with like your favorite camera but France-based photographer Lomig Perrotin found new use for the material. Perrotin developed the Film Washi. You read that right, it’s film made from Washi paper.

Remember that tipster from the community that shows you how to use Washi tape to decorate your camera? Well, this one involves Washi still but not as a decoration but a new kind of photo paper!

Film Washi negative Image via Lens Culture

Photographer Lomig Perrotin developed the new material out of curiosity as to how far film materials can be pushed.The paper negative is similar to what early photographers used in taking photographs. This new development in analogue photography just opened new doors for curious photographers for their next experiments.

Sample photo from Film Washi

Film Washi can be used on medium and large-format cameras. And with the traditional system in making the paper negative, each roll or slide is given that signature scratchy look. Film Washi’s textured look gives images an overall shift in aesthetic quality. Just check out the photos, no need to manually scratch your film for that old-school effect. The film alternative offers a great new look into how passionate people still push forward to pursue film photography.

As a parting shot, here’s Perrotin’s own words regarding photography and film:

If there wasn’t digital, I wouldn’t have been pushed in this direction. I would still be doing black and white Paris photos. It reminds me of how everyone thought photography would kill painting. In fact, photography freed painters to push their medium in bold new directions. We’re in the same kind of place with digital. Digital has taken over all the technical stuff, the day to day (e.g. wedding photos and portraits), freeing analog to push in new directions. Digital has allowed analog photography to place its own materiality front and center, making the medium itself the focus of artistic inquiry.
- from a feature on Lens Culture

Well said, Lomig. Well said.

All information and pictures used in this article were sourced from Lens Culture, Lomig Perrotin’s website and Film Washi.

written by cheeo

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