Cross Processing Fujifilm Provia

Fujifilm Provia 100F – Nikon F6 50mm F/1.8 Cross Processed at home

Cross processing (sometimes abbreviated to Xpro): The deliberate processing of photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film. (Wikipedia).

Cross processing: Using rules from one thing and applying to another. (James Robinson).

Rules are rules because somebody said that they were, sometimes determined by a onebody, sometimes determined by a group of somebodies but the end result: A set of procedures designed to be followed in order and as prescribed with an expected and repeatable outcome. Always color inside the lines to create a pretty picture. Don’t run with scissors so you don’t stab yourself in the heart.

The line between Rule and Strong Suggestion, though. That’s where things get a bit blurry, that’s were outcomes are less predictable. Or better yet, rules applied to non-matched situations: Speed limit 75 MPH as applied to Motorized Flying Objects, Look both ways before crossing the Ocean, Wait one hour after eating before performing CPR.

Such is the experience of dropping slide film in a tank of chemicals designed for negative film. Follow the rules but ignore step one, see what happens. For the accompanying set of images, I loaded a roll of Fujifilm Provia 100F slide film into a Nikon F6 camera with the intention of developing the resulting roll in C41 chemicals: Chemicals used to develop negative film. The F6 was chosen because it has the most consistent and accurate light meter so any variances in exposure would be solely because of the film and process, not the camera (nor the person holding it). I suppose that analysis of the conditions existing for each of these images could be studied and analyzed against IRL so that one could accurately predict the outcome from the time that the shutter was tripped.

But that goes against the grain for me. The variances should be embraced, not analyzed; my in-depth analysis of the result is that this is the way that my brain saw these images when I composed the shot. Norfolk is gritty; Norfolk is colorful, Norfolk is working class.

And right now, Norfolk is lonely.

I hope you enjoy viewing the results of these broken rules, may the eye of your mind recall pleasant memories of each.

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A compilation of these images set to music and presented as a Virtual Gallery tour.

Virtual Photo Gallery

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