Recreational Drugs Put Onto Exposed Negative Film in ‘All You Can Feel’

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It is no secret that recreational drugs put you in a condition of altered states. Stories of psychedelic experience and dreamlike feelings of unexplained ecstasy or euphoria are all hallmarks of the recreational drug. This is what those substances can do, induce illusionary experience and emotion, often sought by those who wish to mask other emotions that come about in the normal course of reality.

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Oddly enough, when these same drugs were physically examined more closely, they visually appeared just as psychedelic as the effects they stimulate. This was the discovery of German artist Sarah Schönfeld as she squeezed droplets of different recreational legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures onto exposed negative film as part of a project called All You Can Feel.

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The series attempts to visually reinterpret the physiological and psychological imbalance of substances in the human body. Quite similar to the chemical effect of some of these drugs on people, the shapes and colors that revealed themselves were quite queerly some of the specific qualities and characteristics of each drug.  Every image showed a vibrant and intricate chemical universe particular to each substance.

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Schönfeld was most astonished with the results, being a habitué of rowdy Berlin night spots and their ensuing lifestyle. She has firsthand knowledge of the recreational drug experience. Blowing up the drug smears to large scale prints revealed a kaleidoscope of shapes and colors, mirroring the altered states these substances can mentally induce.

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All You Can Feel is an unashamed pursuit to find out the peculiar physical make-up of these forbidden substances. The experiment also lends credence to the saying that you are what you are, if peeled and revealed to the core. Every magnified image was just as psychedelic physically, as they were chemically. From speed to caffeine, All You Can Feel by Schönfeld makes the experiential, visual.

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See the revealing All You Can Feel here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.