Baking Soda Makes Delicious Pictures Too


I have to admit, during my early involvement playing with analogue cameras, I’ve always been scared to expose my film to any liquid or dirt – even normal drinking water. I always had in mind that the pictures will be absolutely destroyed if exposed to water.

But what I thought was wrong. After going through fellow Lomographers’ projects on film destruction using various mind boggling (literally) substances, I realized that it was actually fun to experiment with the film since all the results were pretty unpredictable and full of surprise.

So I decided to make my own project using my roomate’s sodium bicarbonate that I think she bought just to fill the kitchen cabinet. Here’s what you need:

1. Load your camera with any film.
2. Shoot interesting pictures.
3. Put half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a canister filled with tap water
4. Place your film in the canister for 3 minutes (I did 5).
5. Dry up the film.
6. Store the film in the freezer before developing it.
7. Voila! Develop the film and enjoy some jaw-dropping results.

As for me, i used a Diana Mini loaded with an expired Kodak Gold 200. Here are some of my results (drum roll please…)

I was shocked when I looked through my pictures. Some are completely indescribable and some are surprisingly pretty nice.

I chose to soak the film for 5 minutes to avoid the substances from wiping out the original picture. Even in 5 minutes, it almost flushed out the picture.

More pictures can be viewed here :

written by husnabahrudin on 2011-07-06 #gear #tutorials #film #lab-rat #tipster #lomography #soak #baking-soda #bicarbonate #film-destruction


  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    cool results! I have to try it soon or later..

  2. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    Awesome! Can't wait till I try something like this.

  3. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Nice. I'll be trying some things like salt and bicarbonate now that I'm doing my own developing.

  4. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Haha, my lab would hate me if I gave them a roll like yours... I should start up developing my own stuff!

  5. analogmonolog
    analogmonolog ·

    go una go!!!

  6. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    nice husnabahrudin ! Lets destroy our film!

  7. husnabahrudin
    husnabahrudin ·

    thanks u guys :D

  8. hidings
    hidings ·

    really creative shots!

  9. mandecster
    mandecster ·


  10. mrmaart
    mrmaart ·

    Hey hasnubahrudin - if this tipster is your submission to the GUP rumble - please add the tag 'gupexperiment' to your tipster!

  11. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Oh, I need to try this sometime! How cool!

  12. tretti
    tretti ·

    @HUSNABAHRUDIN how did you dry the film? :) cause i can imagine just letting it dry inside the roll (for 1 or 2 weeks) will damage it too much ?

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