Irish photographer Josh Mulholland recently tested out the Petzval 80.5 Art Lens for us, and we were so impressed with his results that we decided to send him one of our rolls of the LomoChrome Purple 2021 Pétillant film to test out. In this interview he shared his favourite photo from the series and talked to us about how he made the most of this color shifting film.
Hello Josh, could you share your experience using the LomoChrome Purple 2021 Pétillant 35 mm film? How was it compared to shooting other regular Color Negative films?
The LomoChrome Purple 2021 Pétillant is a really fun film to shoot. It makes your brain think about colors differently and how they might translate on film when you shoot the stock. And, naturally, green becoming purple was the main focus of shift from the color spectrum that I wanted to capture here so I opted to shoot beside grass and trees, although given the time of year these were shot there weren't many leaves on the trees.
It’s a much different process to shooting regular colour negative film stocks because you’re conscious of the shift and personally I think the aim is to shoot complementary colors together, so that’s something to really think about alongside framing and light when you're shooting.
Did you experiment with the extended ISO range of this film? Is there a specific picture that you like most from this test roll?
I shot these particular images at ISO 400, but I have used the extended ISO range to shoot various subjects in the past. It’s bizarre because depending on the ISO you shoot at, the natural colours of the objects, and the light you are shooting in, the colors will shift and give different results, so it really is something to play around with. My favourite image from this roll would probably be this one (below). And although it’s a fairly simple image I do like it the most because of the leading lines drawing the eyes towards the subject, hinting at the rule of thirds, but also the contrast in color from the deep purples of the grass, the tall dark trees, and the strong bright subject, in the centre of the frame. I think this image illustrates well the capabilities of the film stock when it comes to hue and saturation of colors, but also the contrast of the lights and darks. Also, I think Simone, the model just looks super cool here.
If you could sum up your Purple experience in three words, what would they be?
Magic, fun, engaging.
Any advice you’d like to share with future LomoChrome Purple users?
The LomoChrome Purple is great for experimenting or just shooting something different. It really brought me back to my roots in photography to when I experimented a lot with so many aspects of image-making. This film stock is a gentle reminder to have fun with your photography, and look at things from a different perspective. With that in mind, I think some good advice would be to try shooting in different types of environments in various lighting conditions to really see the capabilities of the film. But most importantly, have fun and let the Purple work its magic.