New Kickstarter Wants to Fund Chemically Treated Film

Matthew Cetta Flim Color Safe Bleach

Last year we came across photographer Matthew Cetta’s impressive Photogenic Alchemy series. It was a photographic and film-warping series in which the NY-based photographer developed film using a load of unorthodox chemicals including absinthe, coca cola, cough syrup, and Hydrogen Peroxide. While we could only look in awe at the images these modified films could produce, now Cetta has launched a Kickstarter letting photographers shoot with his personally created “Flims,” film that’s been modified.

With Flim (yes it’s really spelled that way), Cetta hopes to bring his modified films to the mass public so they can also experience the randomness and chaotic character of photography that’s been lost in the digital age. “We try so hard to mimic film, spending countless hours in photoshop and millions of dollars in apps,” Cetta writes. “But it never comes out right.”

Flim comes in pre-modified cartridges that users can slap into any 35mm film camera and simply start shooting. Cetta says he only uses normal household chemicals like lemon juice, ammonia, and Drano—so no there’s need to worry about developing film that has been treated with harsh lab chemicals. Other canisters, meanwhile, have been physically modified whether it be boiled, frozen, electrified, or a combination of the three. As we’ve seen previously even leaving out your rolls of film out to bake in the sun can have some dramatic and gorgeous effects.

That all said, Flim comes with a premium price at $50 for a single cartridge, but Cetta promises that’s won’t be the actual price of his modified films. Instead Cetta says the money is going to fund his $10,000 Kickstarter goal, which help him launch a Flim web store and potentially bring modified 120mm roll of film in the future.

Check out more amazing flim results after the break.

Via Kickstarter

Matthew Cetta Flim Electrified and Frozen

Matthew Cetta Flim Lemon Juice

Matthew Cetta Flim Boiled

Matthew Cetta Flim Ammonia

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.