I have recently completed my first film destroying mission and have been amazed at the beautiful warped colours it has produced! The best way to play with colours is to use the unexpected. Here's how to add some excitement to your pictures! This tip is only for the bold and the brave ...
What You Need
You need a film destroyer of your choice. For me, I just used hot water and lemon juice. It's simple but so effective! There are many crazy and well-documented film destroyers here in Lomography, so do a bit of research and select your weapon of choice.
I know everyone does it differently and there’s no set way to do this which is what makes it so great, but here’s how I did it. I used an old hot drinks container, the type you take your coffee to work in to mix up the film destroyer. It's good to have a lid so you can give it a good shake cocktail-style. I filled the container about halfway using hot water then added about 250 ml of pure lemon juice. Popped the film straight in and gave it a vigorous shake for a few minutes then left it to stand for an hour. I went back every 10 minutes or so to give it a little shake and move the liquid around.
It's important to use a big enough container to submerge your film canister. You want the liquid to get in. After the hours I took the film out and allowed it to dry off for a few hours on the drainer in the kitchen then popped it on the window ledge in the sun for a few weeks to dry out before shooting. If you're in a rush take it into a completely blacked-out room and use a hair dryer to dry it off.
I had almost forgotten about the film when I was gazing out of the window one day and it caught my eye. Okay, I thought now is the time. I loaded up my reliable Olympus Trip and headed out. Took a shot, tried to wind on, nothing. Couldn’t get it to move! On returning home I went into the dark and pulled the film out of the canister and rewound it back in as it had not surprisingly stuck with the combination of lemon and sunshine. The second attempt at shooting went perfect and actually was more interesting than what I would have gotten the first time. Everything happens for a reason.
Upon returning home I was in a rush to see what would come out if anything so I developed it myself using my tetenal kit. Some of the warps were obvious on the negatives but I had no idea how beautiful the colours would be.
I instantly fell in love with the results. They were so varied. Some showed hardly any damage at all, others had bold psychedelic colours warped through the image, giving it a real '60s feel. Others had simply faded to soft hues, adding a real vintage look. Try it and share your results!