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 :