Or how to convince a little fungus to stay to live in your film
Recently, I used a roll that was forgotten. I had moved and had all the rolls in a box, that when my mother felt overwhelmed with all the belongings, decided the box was going to the terrace. I, innocent, thought the box would be covered somewhere, but no: spent more than three months in the chilly weather (it was winter) until one day I finally remembered to ask my mother where the rolls were and went back again to get them.
One of them was expired, so I decided it would be the first to be used. I exposed the roll as usual, but what was my surprise when I developed it … There were some little “flowers” in my film! I thought I’d missed a double exposure that I did and I did not remember … Until I saw the whole roll was covered by these small seedlings, even on the part of the unexposed film (as you will see below).
A fungus! That probably was cold and used to hide in my roll … Do not blame him. In fact, I think I’ll get to cool my rolls more often, so in addition to magnificent double exposures, I’ll sponsor a homeless little fungus :)
Now you know, if you want to create an ecosystem in your films the steps are really simple:
1 – Buy rolls
2 – Take them out to cool, the colder and more humid (especially the latter) the better!
3 – Leave the rolls there, the longer the better :)
Good luck with your sponsorships!