The Great Film Experiment, Film/Lab/Rats
    • Greetings from the Lomo Film-Testing Laboratory
• Mandi does the ‘Rice Test’
• Join the Film Lab Rats club
• Get 1 free film to experiment on with the Fuji film deal
  We’ve cross-processed, filtered, fish-eyed, multi-exposed, multi-lensed, Splitzered, pinholed and modified yet we are still hungry for new and exciting ways to keep Lomography frisch and edgy! We decided to think out of the box, get into the laboratory and start testing on those film suckers.
start testing on those film suckers
start testing on those film suckers
Film Lab Rats is a new feature where we invite you to share the joys of experimentation with us! We will be doing all sorts of weird, worrying and slightly wrong things to film to find out what effects they can have on your shots. Every edition will include another crazy scientific investigation. We want you guys to put on your lab coats and try these experiments for yourself. The new “Film Lab Rat” section of the Lomography Filmshop website will be home to these tests and tomfoolery.
Get your Bunsen Burners, pipettes and boffin goggles ready because are going to start things off with a bang and find out what happened when Mandi literally added some “life” to his shots…
Get your Bunsen Burners, pipettes and boffin goggles ready
Mandi’s Film Risotto  
The whole experiment started in summer 2006 when we were looking for interesting "analogue" techniques.
I remembered the old trick of adding some rice grains to the salt shaker. The rice sucks up the humidity and keeps the salt dry. I took a small zip bag, put in the 2 rolls, filled it up with rice and closed it. I wanted to wait until every drop of water was gone. Alas, after a while, my film-risotto idea seemed "too complicated", so I forgot about it.
In April 2007 I moved to a new flat. In the moving process I came across the little bag again, now filled with some indistinguishable mixture of dust, fibres and spores. The whole thing had gone through a process of coming alive and probably dying again. My first thought was to throw away this disgusting thing but I decided to keep it for some neurotic reason which also qualifies me for a top position in the Lomographic World Archive!

For the full story follow this link.

  First of all I had to clean them - disgusting. I didn’t want to scare off my beloved lab so I gave the 2 rolls of film to the film development service of a supermarket. When I got back the films there were no prints included, instead there was a small preprinted note attached saying something like "printing not possible - negatives destroyed due to being wet".
The negatives partly looked like something that could be described as destroyed, but there were still lots of exposed emulsion left. The big surprise became visible when I scanned the negs in. First I wasn’t sure what I was seeing, weird colors, strange reactions on top of some long forgotten images! OMG the mildew has eaten its way throughout the film, branches and spores everywhere, photo emulsion washed away, color layers gone crazy... ravishingly beautiful! Now one of the pictures hangs in my living room as 1x1.5m print.

Become a Film Lab Rat Boffin
Succumb to the power of the Lab Coat – you know you want to. We would like to see your film experiments. If you try the experiments featured we want to see how it all turned out. Even better if you come up with your own ideas for experiments! Send in the results with your method and we will try to feature your contributions to the world of science in upcoming newsletters and on the Film Lab Rats webpage. If your experiment goes online then we will throw 20 Piggies at you!
Film Lab Rats webpage
Film deal + a FREE guinea pig film thrown in!
  If you take advantage of our special Fuji NPZ 800 deal then we will throw in a FREE film for you to experiment with!

Fuji NPZ 800 – colour 800 ISO
Have you the need for speed? If you do – the NPZ 800 has it. If you don’t well it’s just a bonus to go with this premium quality, fine grained, high saturation film. Most films couldn’t cut it against this speedy amigo in a low light situation.
Fuji NPZ 800 – colour 800 ISO
Note: No rats were harmed in the process of this experiment.
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