Urine soaked photographs

Film soaked in urine

Is this taking the craze for Instagram-style photos too far? A photographer puts artistic filters on her pictures by soaking film in her own URINE.

In search of a unique way to take artistic pictures, photographer Brigette Bloom, 27, took to soaking rolls of film in a cup of her own urine before heading out to take some snaps.

The unusual technique makes Miss Bloom’s pictures look as if they have a special filter on them, or have been photoshopped – but the talented experimental artist insists that she does not tamper with the pictures.

Miss Bloom, of Hawaii, USA, said: “People sometimes email me asking which Instagram filter I used on my pictures – but I have to tell them I didn’t use any filter at all.

“I pee in a cup and then soak the film in the urine.

“I then have to leave it to dry for a while – I used to live in the desert so the pictures would dry very quickly.

“Once the roll of film is completely dry I feed it back into the camera and start shooting.”

Miss Bloom said she developed the bizarre technique after accidentally washing a pair of jeans with a roll of film in the pocket.

She said: “I had access to a dark room at the time so I thought I might as well see how the pictures turned out.

“It gave the film a weird distortion which I really liked so I researched different ways to destroy a film and still get pictures out of it.

“I found that you can soak your film in different liquids, like lemon juice and detergent. I wondered what would happen if I soaked it in my pee.

“People find it odd that I managed to even think of doing it.”

Miss Bloom said people are often disgusted when they find out about the strange technique she uses to create her dream-like images.

“People are usually pretty disgusted,” said Miss Bloom.

“People who don’t have anything to do with art or photos are think it’s gross, and ask why I would do it.

“When I show it to other artists they think its is really interesting.

“To me it’s funny because I don’t feel grossed out by it at all. It’s just pee. It’s not that big of a deal to me.”

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

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