Redscale Photography

Shooting Film - Backwards



I adore redscale photography. This is done with actual 35mm film. Most of these were done with a Nikon N8008 camera. The exception is the last one done with a Holga medium format camera. In both cameras the technique requires you to load the film into the film camera BACKWARDS. The light shines through the back side of the film instead of the front. It creates a gorgeous red cast to the image.

You might ask, how can you jam a cartridge into the camera facing the wrong way? Actually, you don't. What you do is, in total darkness, you unroll the film. You cut it off just before the end, turn the film upside-down, and tape it to the end piece. You then roll the film back up into its canister. That way the film can be inserted into the camera as usual but the film itself is wrong-way-forward.

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Clouds at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts. Taken with Nikon N8008 camera.

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Alcott house at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts. Taken with Nikon N8008 camera.

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Brick Building and sculpture at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts. Taken with Nikon N8008 camera.

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Bronze statue of Wo-Peen, done by Philip Shelton Sears, dedicated in 1938. Located at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts. Taken with Nikon N8008 camera.

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"Flight" by Bernie Zubrowski - temporary summer 2015 installation of a seagull-themed kinetic sculpture at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts. Taken with Nikon N8008 camera.

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Trellisses at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts. Taken with Nikon N8008 camera.

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Landscape at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts. Taken with Nikon N8008 camera.

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Manchaug Mill in Sutton, Massachusetts. Taken with Holga medium format camera loaded with 35mm film.

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