I love destroying things, and if there’s one thing I enjoy trashing the fuck out of in particular, is 35mm films.
Like everything in life, experimental photography is really fun as long as you don’t over-do it, so I don’t fuck about with my film rolls too often. however, when the destroying spirit is upon me, I’m trying to make the most of it! There are many ways and techniques to fuck films up, from alcohol soaking, to lemon sprinkling, to grinding against sand paper…. but today we’re gonna discuss a new fun method I’ve recently discovered.
A few month back, my dear ninja friend suggested I try throwing a roll of film into the dishwasher.
at first I was like “wait… what?!” but then I was like “oh… AWESOME!” challenge excepted, and a few days later I was tossing a roll of Kodak into my dishwasher hoping that the heat and soap will do the trick. however, I wasn’t quite a good girl (surprisingly) following the film-drying method which caused me to lose most of my exposures, despite the somewhat awesome results.
I decided to toss another roll into the dishwasher a week ago and make it right this time around; so if you fancy experimenting with film, I have conveniently added this step-by-step guide that will make your photos turn out more badass than the Wu-Tang!
- Take a roll of 35mm film, preferably a cheap one just in case something goes wrong.
- Place inside the dishwasher in the cutlery holder and turn that bitch on.
- When the dish cycle ends, take it out and place on a shelf for 48 hours letting the soap & water inside the roll run their magic.
- Now this is the important step that determined the success of the process so try NOT to skip it; Since film emulsion is a very delicate thing, naturally, when tucked into a volcano of heat, water and soap, it will not dry out until you do it manually. if you will not dry the film it can harm your camera, stick to the shutter curtain, and cause many unpleasant things, so for the love of satan, DRY IT OUT.
- Take the roll & a blowdryer into a tightly dark room (I usually do it in the bathroom at night time, so there won’t be any chance of light coming in from under the door etc.) take the entire film out of the spool gently and hang it up using a wooden washing peg.
- Turn on your blowdryer using COLD air (hot air will melt your film, silly) and blowdry the film for a good 15 minuets from both sides.
- Once you’re done, let it dry up in the air for another 5-10 minuets, then roll it back in (don’t forget to leave the tip out) then step out into the glorious light.
- You’re now ready to insert the film into the camera and start having fun!
& remember, experimenting with film is always unpredictable which means the results can get pretty extreme sometimes, so use that film to capture sights you don’t mind “losing”.
Here’s a bunch of photos that came out from the second dishwasher-roll, they all turned out in a brilliant mix of green/magenta/blue shades and some fucked up soap smudges. Loving it! :)