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  • Red.

    A color associated with anger and rage, at least in its bright blood hue.

    But what about a red for an angry/sad feeling. The sort of feeling you get when circumstances around you seem to be swirling away from comprehension.

    As I feel is happening right now.

    Well, that sort of red is dull and decayed. The color of dying leaves and rusting metal. And, as I found when developing this Lomography Redscale film, a color that can blanket even the friendliest of landscapes.

    Yes, this red will do very well for today.
  • An explanation for those not as caught up in photographic lore as I am:

    Lomography Redscale film is an example of a reverse rolled film. Normally film is rolled on a spool in a cartridge in such a manner that the emulsion side - the actual layer of chemicals that capture the light and produce a negative - is facing into the camera towards the lens. Light hitting this emulsion comes directly from the lens once the shutter is opened. However, in the case of redscale films, the film is rolled the wrong way round. The emulsion is on the side facing away from the lens. That means light has to pass through the plastic backing of the film, a backing that in this case is a reddish-brown, before it hits the emulsion layer. So this color film is infused with that same color - hence the red-brown appearance of all these images.

    So no Photoshop magic here - these are the colors directly scanned from the negative. All photographs taken in Forest Park, St. Louis.
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