The second edition of our international film recipe collection is here, with more extraordinary ingredients and concoctions to dunk your rolls of film! These analogue chefs and mixologists gave each recipe a local flair, and we're loving the various reactions they have on different films. Let's see which one of these recipes will make you crave and satisfy your creative fill.
London Special: Elzi Boba's Purple Gin Tonic
Lomographer Elzi Boba a.k.a. elzimoose takes pride in her unique distortion techniques on film, such as multiple exposures, multi-image filters, expired films, and of course, the film soup. She gives everyone the well-deserved toast with two film soups, and one of them is the violet gin recipe. The special tonic consists of 3 tsp. of violet gin, 150 ml of hot water, 3 puffs of Garnier organic face wash (lemongrass) and 2 tsp. of lime juice, all mixed in pre-boiled hot water. And then, she added the film. This set is quite special as this is the first time Elzi concocted the mixture. She used a Kodak Pro Image 100 film.
She left the mixture for four hours, resulting in some rosy-violet drips, perfectly matching the flowers she captured. This style can be manipulated depending on how long you leave the film on the soup. "In the future, depending on the effects you can further increase or decrease the soaking time. Film soaking times that I would choose are from 2 hours for more damaging chemicals or detergents to 24 hours for teas and something I can consume myself." said Elzi.
English Watercolor: Green Tea and Cola Film Fusion
Elzi's other film soup is another beverage-based mixture, the green tea, and cola blend. She made use of 1 pure china green tea bag, 1/3 can of a Coca-Cola Diet and 1 tsp. of salt. She soaked a roll of Rollei Crossbird 200 on the mixture for 6-8 hours, then rinsed them with cold water.
Elzi's photos give an antiquated feel with the warm yellow-to-red leaks and washed-out tones of architecture and landscapes. She specifically developed her wet films at Photo Hippo at Burnley.
"Fairy-Washing" Film in Brighton with Fotobes
Brighton-based Lomographer Toby Mason a.k.a. fotobes is already known and esteemed among the Community for his film swap projects and colorful, experimental compositions. Lately, he's been testing out Fairy liquid and Fairy washing tablets with some Lomography films like the Color Negative 800 and 400 variant. Added with some silica gel all mixed up in a basin, came these sweet and fae-looking shots.
This soup reminds us a lot of bubblegum and candy with the pastel pink and blues dominate the color palette, giving dreamy, fairytale-like pictures. The soft effect also adds to the ephemeral element of these moments.
Thai Green Curry Sauce on LomoChrome Purple Film
Aside from the traditional perfume film formula by Thai portraitist Prin Tumsatan a.k.a. 35mmindeed, there's also their seasoned Thai green curry film recipe. Being a central variety of curry in Thailand, the Thai green curry sauce is made up of herbs such as cilantro, makrut lime leaf, basil, peel, and when combined with other greens. Thus, giving its natural vibrant green color. Prin took advantage of the Thai green curry sauce's properties and soaked a roll of the LomoChrome Purple film with it.
Perfect harmony is found in the contrast of the colors purple and green, and in this film soup, you'll get such a combination. The green, purple and blue leaks come out nearly opaque washes of neon.
Filmic, Acidic: Concoction of Chinese White Wine and Vinegar
Hong Kong-based YouTuber team HMA Photo are close friends of Lomography, having tested the Lomogon Art Lens and LomoChrome Metropolis before. This time, they formulated a special film recipe for the experimental Lomographer. HMA Photo gave the ol' reliable Lomography Color Negative 400 a one-of-a-kind seasoning in the Chinese white Wine and vinegar film recipe. Boil water, add the vinegar (in HMA Photo's case, they used vinegar from Sichuan), lemon, and Chinese white wine, dunk the undeveloped film for an hour, wash and develop -- sound easy enough, but make sure your senses are prepared for the strong aroma of the wine!
The mixture created a very interesting color scheme when it reacted to the Color Negative, giving a pink-and-purple aura that's even reminiscent of the LomoChrome Purple. There's also a distinct soft brush effect across the photos, colored in green.
Film Refreshers with Californian Citrus & Sonoma White Wine
The ever-experienced, California-based photographer Katie Smalls has her own magic tricks with the craft, opting for the more eccentric and novel techniques and medium. Her film recipes came into two, using 4 Californian lemons and liquid dish soap, and a second recipe using Sonoma white wine and liquid laundry detergent. The film she used on both recipes is the Lomography Color Negative 400.
There's a lot to unpack in Katie Smalls film soups: the photographs of the left column came from the Californian citrus recipe, which created intense galactic colors and amoeba-like shapes. The photos in the right column are from the second recipe with white wine and laundry detergent. the colors coming out more pastel-like and iridescent.
When getting your soaked films developed, inform your film laboratories about the film soup or recipe to ensure that the chemistry of your experimented films won't be compromised.
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