I first learned about this film from an amazing photographer named Chikako, better known as @chichic on Twitter. She creates beautiful work with expired film, as well as some of the more obsolete films, transforming nature into beautiful scenes one might only see in their dreams. One of the films she uses is Adox Color Implosion.
Being inspired myself, I decided to buy a roll of Color Implosion to use on our trip to Cedar Point a few months ago. I’ve only just now finished that 36exp roll and had it developed.
Not sure what to expect, I opened the folder with an open mind, but I the first thing that overwhelmed me when I saw the first picture was the grain.
Don’t get me wrong, I like a powdery grain, but this was more like the grain you get when you try to rescue an underexposed JPEG.
Aside from the grain however, the film does produce a pretty, vintage color, and makes the sky a perfect blue.
Though Chi seems to be a star at any film she can get her hands on, I’m not sure if Color Implosion is for me. If I do buy another roll, I won’t be using it on a day so bright I still have to squint with sunglasses on. It seems this film might do better in shade and/or the morning or evening. Maybe even an overcast day. I could find some pretty-colored flowers, or have Goo wear a pastel dress.
Know what? I think I’ll buy another roll…