After reading the tipster "Intoxicate Your Film" while I was working at my job at Naturalis (Natural History Museum) and putting snakes in jars of alcohol, it came to mind that I could easily combine these two.
At my job we use a dilution of 70% alcohol, so I started with filling a coffee cup with it. I really love Hema, so the victim for my experiment was soon found: Hema film, 400 ASA (and I also thought it would be a bit of a waste to sacrifice a roll of X-pro Chrome).
I let the roll of film soak for ten minutes. Strangely enough the alcohol turned pink; instant chemical reaction. But it suited my pink Holga.
In France, on holiday, I tried to load the film into my camera, to find out that the film was completely stuck in the roll. Only after a struggle with pliers and some mild violence I managed to pull out enough film to load my Holga. Turning the film also did not go very smoothly, which is also visible in the photographs: there is a lot of overlap.
Rewinding was even a harder challenge: the handle was completely blocked. Fortunately, the people at the Hema hour service were very kind and helpful and they removed the roll in their dark room and developed it for me. When I got the roll back, it really looked awful. Stiff and wrinkled, and stains everywhere. I was really afraid every picture failed. They had not cut the film for me, so I could see for myself what the best pieces were. Super nice. Eventually, only a few pictures turned out successful, but the effect is in fact cool in a bizarre way. Very intense staining, barely any colour left and weird vagueness in some places.
So next time I should let it dry a little better, soak it shorter and maybe use a higher alcohol percentage (which also would make it dry better). But there will definitely be a next time! Normally dropping off photos, retrieving and scanning them is already a nice surprise, but this felt like a real exciting gift!
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