A Recipe for Psychedelic

So, who here has heard of “film soup”?

Film Soup is something you, well, do to your film. You can stick a roll of film in actual soup, like chicken noodle, or you can put it through the dishwasher, or you can take what’s in your kitchen cupboard and make a concoction to soak the film in. Once dried and shot, the roll can reveal some interesting effects.

I made a roll last summer and finally shot it yesterday (better late than never?) Here are my results!

To make your photos look psychedelic like these, you’ll need a few things:

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • silica gel (at least one pack)
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of pure lemon juice
  • 1 cap-full of laundry detergent

First thing you do is boil some water. While your water is heating up, you take the silica, apple cider vinegar, pure lemon juice, and laundry detergent and put it all in a Tupperware container. Put your film in there as well. Once your water is boiling, CAREFULLY pour it into the Tupperware container with the other ingredients. Put the lid on, and swish it around! Leave your film in the container anywhere between 3 hours to 3 days- the longer you keep it in, the more intense the effect will be. I had mine in for 24 hours, and on some prints the effect was so intense you couldn’t see my exposure. I recommend no more than 12 hours.

And that’s how it is done! To develop my roll, I just went to the lab (Walgreens) and told them I wanted all the prints no matter what they looked like, and that if the roll looks really weird or ruined, don’t panic because that’s what I wanted. They processed it with no problem, but they did crop the prints all wrong. Be sure to check your prints (if you got prints,) before you leave and make sure you are happy with them.

This is just one recipe- you can try whatever you want! Go crazy! Follow your film-stewing dreams!

That’s all for now. Happy shooting!


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