“… But he’s been pretty much yellow / And I’ve been kinda blue / But all I can see is Red, red, red, red, red now / What am I gonna do …” I don’t know what Fiona Apple’s plan of action is, but I’m off to buy some more Fuji Velvia 35mm slide film!
In all honestly, I had heard of Velvia’s crazy purple colors, with hazy and trippy tones. Red, as close as it may be to purple, was truly the last thing on my mind. But Velvia’s a craving and addiction all in one, and when it hits, it hits hard. Just upon seeing roll one developed you are somehow transported back to the lab with 2, 3, 4 more rolls of it, anxiously asking for 1 hour x-pro developing, and quick, because you’re in a hurry for more fiery oranges, deep pinks and blazing reds, greatly contrasting any other colors that may try and show up next to those vibrant, hot shades. I was addicted to Velvia before I even knew it. My mind was thinking “where’s the purple” as my body unconsciously loaded the next roll into my camera. My constant state of mind became “Velvia this” and “Velvia that”…“what should we take on our bike ride tomorrow?” “Velvia.” “What should we take to the parade this Saturday?” “Velvia!” “What time do we need to leave to get you to school on time?” “VELVIA.”
This film has given my shots so much great color, texture and detail. I’ve seen antique, rusty reds, but also neon yellows and oranges that pop when you look at them. I’ve gotten some beautifully pinkish skin tones as well as earthy browns and maroons that make Fall look much more exciting than it sometimes really is. It can add a haunting look to doubles or a very old feeling to buildings and structures. I took quite a few photos inside Harry & David when I was Christmas shopping with my Mom a while back and was especially pleased with how it worked with the indoor lighting, particularly for being only 100 speed film. It made everything look so tasty and colorful…just look at my apples! This film is especially great for certain holidays, like Christmas or Valentines Day, as the tones go well with the typical decor. It’s also just a great film to use during Winter time when you’re longing for warm photos but lacking warm surroundings.
I would definitely recommend this film to ANYONE who hasn’t used it, as well as anyone suffering from those Winter blues, anyone looking for some exciting colors…the list goes on and on! And the good news for me: I discovered that I have one roll left in the process of going through all my albums of Velvia. So if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some business to take care of…