12.26.13: The Recipe For Success

Two days ago, everybody learned how to use a Super 8 camera. Yesterday, everybody learned how to process Tri-X film as a negative using Caffenol, the magical organic developer made of instant coffee, washing soda, vitamin C powder and tap water. Today, shooting begins for real! Nabo is up first in the 9 am slot. We travel by bicycle rickshaw to Lakhtokia, a vibrant market area flanking the railroad tracks where it feels like all of humanity is meeting to start the day together. In the afternoon, we take a little taxi with Rashmi to the hills above Kamakhya Temple and encounter placid cows, mischievous boys, and spectacular views of the city below shrouded in winter fog. Afterwards, Nabo and Rashmi process their film in the makeshift darkroom we’ve set up in a closet. Success!!! IMG_4683IMG_4697IMG_4698IMG_4732IMG_4736IMG_4747IMG_4753IMG_4792IMG_4814IMG_4818IMG_4827IMG_4853IMG_4867IMG_4607

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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

Comments 3

    • lisapaolosuper8 December 30, 2013

      We are getting great results with a 2L Caffenol solution at room temperature… 4 rolls over 2 days… How far can we push it???? Feeling lucky!
      Assam is famous for tea so watch out for some new experiments in the coming days!

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