I really like experiments so it was only a matter of time until I started cooking my own film soups. This is my very first attempt to destroy film: I washed Fuji Provia 120 with shampoo and baking powder. Medium format film is a bit tricky because of the paper and the size, but apparantly I was up for a competition.
Recipe for film soup with shampoo and baking powder:
- Expose the film in a camera of your choice. I used my Holga 120.
- In the darkroom: Prepare shampoo and the baking powder. Remember that you need to find all ingredients for your yummy soup in complete darkness.
- Separat the film from the paper, throw the paper away. Place the film in the bathtub, if you have one. It’s going to get messy.
- Now comes the fun part: Rub the film with shampoo and water, sprinkle baking powder all over the film. Let sit for a minute, then rinse with water.
- Now comes the tricky part: Load the film into your spool. It’s rather difficult because the film is wet and slippery, but it works!
- Clean your bathtub (mine was purple. Very purple). Develop film as usual.
Here are the results of my film soup. The effect is not very obvious but I like it.
Camera: Holga GFN
Film: Fuji Provia, X-Pro