There are no shortage of cool techniques for taking photographs. I tend to find most of them on a cool site called Photojojo, which is where I found out about one particular technique that stands out by virtue of its required…commitment. Luke Evans and Josh Lake, two first-year students in the BA Graphic Design & Photography at Kingston University, had to come up with a final project for the year and decided to take it in a new direction. “We wanted to bring our insides out,” they stated. “So we ate 35mm photographic film slides and let our bodies do the rest.”
Now if you’re anything like me, your first thought was probably, “Wow! that’s an awesome idea. I bet they got some cool shots out of that.” And you’d be right, they did. But where it gets a bit less glamorous is when you actually start thinking through the logistics of the operation. They had to swallow strips of film, “expel” them in a darkroom, and then develop them. There’s a reason this sort of thing isn’t common. But, what they got out was pretty neat:
But for the final photo project they didn’t just use printed photos, they actually used an electron microscope to scan super high-def images of the film, revealing the microdetails they’re digestive systems had wrought on the images. The results are actually shockingly complex and beautiful, a great example of a kind of art that develops naturally within a set of determined parameters. What I also like about this project in particular is the element of mystery and the necessity of waiting for time to pass. It adds a tremendously interesting backstory to a set of already appealing photographs, and really, what more can you ask for?