Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected – the image doesn’t look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn’t be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice… use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
Before running to your kitchen with your lab coat and gloves on like a real crazy chemist, check this list to know what you’ll need:
- exposed negatives (note that it’s impossible to revert to the original after subjecting them to any of these chemical processes)
- cotton swabs or other things like brushes and pens to apply your chemicals more precisely
- some sheets of paper towels
- protective rubber gloves especially if you’re using acids, bases, or other corrosives chemicals
- anything you can find in your kitchen that you think could be used
- the Lomography Smartphone Scanner and the LomoScanner 2 app on your phone
Don’t forget to take a photo of your negatives before your modification just to compare!
Now you’re ready to create your soup with exposed films!
1. Evanescence of Raspberry Juice
Raspberry juice is obviously red, but when you put them on the negatives, some green-colored shadows or spheres appear in the pictures!
2. Emulsion of Balsamic Vinegar
The balsamic vinegar makes the pictures look older and so vintage-y!
3. Bleach Soup
Bleach completely oxidizes the colors. If you put some concentrated drops, you will completely burn your films and create some black points! Be careful with your clothes, eyes, and hands.
4. Red and Blue Nail Polish Cocktails
As you have seen in the effects of the red raspberry juice, if you try using some red nail polish, you will also obtain green-colored effects. In addition, you could also obtain yellow spots with blue nail polish! Play with the colors of your nail polish.
If you want to get crazier, use your Lomochrome Purple negatives! Add some fluorescent effects to obtain completely dreamy pictures!
With your Smartphone Scanner you can also play with the “Temperature” function. Indeed, you can have pink or blue pictures with your modified LomoChrome negatives!
5. Film fudge (also called BBQ films)
Let’s burn your exposed films!
6. Other Recipes for a Gastronomic Dinner
The possibilities are infinite. Play with everything in your kitchen, bathroom, or garage. You can find some other ideas that I tried below. For example, ammonia gives a vintage effect.
You can also make green dots with lemon juice.
My Favorite Dish: Hydrochloric Broth
Please be careful when handling concentrated hydrochloric solution!
If you want to improve and be crazier, you may try the “arsenic pudding” seen on Asterix & Cleopatra: the arsenic cake song!
You can read this article in French on my blog here.
Enjoy chemistry with analogue films!