The Wabi-Sabi in Super 8

• Workshop January 25 and 26, 2013  • 
14th Dresdner Schmalfilmtage
/ Small Format Days Dresden, Germany


„The Coffee-Wine-Beer-Revolution!“
at the 14th Dresdner Schmalfilmtagen / Small Format Days

running film group filming in the snow

I have been experimenting with alternatives to traditional developers that are harmful to the environment for some time. And I stumbled across CAFFENOL, a black and white negative developer! A lot of photographers have already tried it and there are various recipes and reports circulating on the Internet!

Caffenol consists of instant coffee, vitamin C powder and washing soda.
You can easily find the three of them around the corner for little money. Better buy the cheapest type of coffee, it contains the most caffeic acid which is bad for your stomach but essential for developing!
Dispose the soup after use in the toilet.

What more is possible? Kitchen stuff like beer, wine, apple juice, coke, rosemary. It smells interesting, it's eco and it develops film as nicely as regular photo chemicals! Black & white negative.

An experimental workshop for 7 people! We filmed and developed Kodachrome, TriX, Adox and old b&w Russian films in Caffenol, red wine and Radeberger Beer. The results? Awesome, more here soon, they are about to be digitized! Florian, Gunnar, Marie-Luise, Michael, Daniel, Thomas, Uwe: you were a great team!

The film stock we used!
Marie-Luise and favourite Nizo!
Nizos and the Russian film.

Here's a little snippet from the group film we shot together the first day!
And down there click on the picture and you can watch a little film made from all the 7 member films!!

All photos on this site © Uwe Reinhold, Gunnar Grah and me!

More information about eco developing here on my other website!

Exposed! Radeberger Beer, vitamin C and soda. Florian's special potion (soda, vitamin C, coffee, a little red wine, a little beer = super!)     ... and in the end we splice all films on one reel: ready for projection!