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Photostory – Beauty from disaster by Louis Sousa

I’ll keep this short.

I’d like to present a ten-step process that may help you to obtain beauty from disaster (as I did below). They are as follows:

  1. Shoot a beautiful truck (in my case) with 35mm Kodak Ektar 100. The perfect film for brilliant blue.
  2. Sweat all over the film spool in the rubberized dark bag that you will later throw in the trash.
  3. The film should not successfully spool on to the development reel.
  4. Mar the film.
  5. Re-roll the film, sweat on it a bit more and add some fingerprints.
  6. Decide to use the closet. Cover the light leaks with towels.
  7. Muscle the film onto the development reel while in the closet, taking time to enjoy the comfort of the light leaks.
  8. Ensure the last 6 shots won’t spool on and cut them off in caged fury.
  9. Develop using a C-41.
  10. Cut the negative in the wrong place and you’re done!



Results time

Nikon FE2 - Unicolor C-41 kit - Nikon 28mm F/2 lens - Kodak Ektar 100

Nikon FE2 – Unicolor C-41 kit – Nikon 28mm F/2 lens – Kodak Ektar 100



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About The Author

Louis Sousa

I am an enthusiast photographer happily shooting life in Southern New England.


    • Michael thank you very much. It was a funny and ultimately rewarding experience.

  1. Heh heh. Very good. How I can relate to most of that! Love your work, Louis.

    • Thank you Rob I appreciate it.


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