Artists are creatives. We get inspired by the randomness of life and we experiment with our art, hoping to create masterpieces that are unique to share with the world. Sometimes we can be inspired by the grandiose, other times the mundane, sometimes a simple mistake can take our art in a whole new direction.
For Brigette Bloom, her inspiration came from accidentally leaving a roll of film her pocket and washing them. Thinking the film was ruined, she developed them anyway to see what would happen. “I like[d] the photos even better than before! they added so much feeling and texture to the images.” Brigette told us in an email. From then on, she began soaking the film into “potions” to see what would happen. A process she calls, “trial and error,” she found that soaking the film in her pee yielded her favorite results.
In this series, “Float On,” Brigette and her dog explore the deserts of Nevada where she used to live. Before shooting, she would soak the film canister in her urine, then rinse the canister and allow it to dry for about a week. The fluid breaks down the emulsion, and depending on what time of day she urinated and what she ate and drank that day, the film actually produces different results.
It’s really fascinating! And then it’s like the photos actually have your DNA in them. The whole process just feels more personal.
One day Brigette hopes to have her own darkroom and experiment on more ways to soak and develop film, but as she says, “for the moment, soaking film is really simple, inexpensive way to make magic!”