As part of their end of year show, two Kingston University students swallowed 35mm film, allowed it to ‘develop’ in their stomachs and framed the results.
Graphic design and photography students Luke Evans and Josh Lake decided to turn their bodies into darkrooms in the experiment.
They swallowed pieces of film – safely contained in plastic capsules – and allowed them to ‘develop’ as they passed through their stomachs and intestines, before being retrieved at the other end…
Exposed only to internal fluids, the film revealed its journey through a series of marks, scratches and bumps, that have been blown up using an electron microscope to produce these dramatic images.
The black and white vistas, which were framed and displayed, are reminiscent of mountain ranges or alien landscapes.
Evans says, ‘Josh and I have both grown up in the age of digital photography and, of course, nowadays everyone carries a camera around with them on their phones, so there’s something fascinating about going back to film because of its texture, its thickness and the way it reacts to being touched.’
Not to mention the way it reacts to being eaten, digested and defecated…