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Film Experiments: A Roll of Film in Acid

This is a film soup that I came up with a long time ago but was not happy about it at all. In fact, I've slightly modified it for this tipster that I'm about to share with you. Read on to find out more.

One of the first film soups that I’ve ever done was made using lemon juice, but I wasn’t very satisfied with it. Out of 36 exposures only four pictures showed up, but only two or three of them were decent.

This time, however, I repeated this experiment with an improved recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need for this film soup:

  • drinking glass
  • hot water
  • lemon juice
  • a roll of film (I used a Kodak Gold 200 for this experiment)

First, pour a little hot water into the glass.

Next, immerse the film in the water and add the lemon juice. Let it rest for two hours.

Dry the film after two hours. There are two ways of doing this. The easiest but also longest way is to leave the film to dry on its own. On average it takes a couple of weeks.

Alternatively, for a faster drying, remove the film from the roll. In this case, the whole process should be carried out in complete darkness or run the risk of burning the film with light. Once you’re finished drying the film, rewind it and leave a little piece of leader out.

Regardless of the method of drying, the results would not change. The film is now ready for use! You can now load it into your camera, start shooting, and wait for the results.

Here are some examples taken with the Sprocket Rocket:

Unlike the first time I did this experiment, I soaked my film in the liquid for a shorter period of time. Back then, I left it for a whole night. The effect in the photographs is very special. As you can see, some of the photos are dominated by a reddish/pinkish hue in a gradient effect similar to that of the Revolog Kolor.

written by simonesavo and translated by simonesavo

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