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!


Film Soup

One evening, when I was having a difficult time falling asleep, I surfed the web for some inspiration. I’ve been wondering if I could do anything to my film to make cool effects. It was then I discovered Film Soup.

Film Soup can be anything. It can be legitimate soup. You can throw your canister in a boiling pot of chicken noodle soup. You can put it in boiling water and detergent. You can throw your canister in just about anything- hey, go experiment!- and the results have the potential to be fascinating. I boiled water and added pure lemon juice, and these are some of the results.

I was extremely excited when these came out.It’s important to mention that I did not develop this roll myself, but I took it to my local lab and they were able to process it just fine. So no worries to those of us who don’t have the resources to develop at home. The colors are brilliant, and it always feels good when an experiment comes out nice.

Want to make your own lemon-film-soup? Here is the full tutorial. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

This particular roll I took with me on my trip to northern Michigan. Since I didn’t fill my roll on that trip (shocking, I know,) I filled it slowly over the past two weeks when I’ve done anything semi-interesting. A majority of these are double-exposed, so you can experiment with your experiment. Do it big!