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Today, we’re featuring a stunning film soup series from film photographer Mallory Brooks. Mallory captured Pensacola Beach on 35mm film and then soaked the film in a few household ingredients to create film soup. Here is more from Mallory about her film soup experiment…
I’m a self-taught photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for street and travel photography. It’s been a year since I began developing my own film–I was inspired by a tutorial here on Shoot It With Film and love how it’s allowed me to experiment more with film photography. One of my favorite techniques I’ve been working with is film soup (also inspired by a SIWF tutorial). The unpredictability and uniqueness of the process is one of the reasons that I was drawn to film in the first place.
On a recent trip to Pensacola Beach, Florida, I shot a couple of rolls of Kodak Ultra Max 400 on a Canon AE-1 and souped them in lemon juice, salt, and dish soap. From previous film soup experiments, I knew I wanted to capture silhouettes of palm trees because I had a feeling the results from this soup mixture would be spectacular. And they were! I also love how scenes of the beach look otherworldly souped. This batch really produced the crazy, colorful artistic photos I desired. Learning to develop my own film has been incredibly rewarding and I’m so thankful for Shoot It With Film for the resources and encouragement!