This is What Happens When You Swallow 35mm Film


Don’t try this at home kids! Talk about work immersion, or in this case, digestion! If you think you’ve heard it all, swallow this. A couple of graphic design dudes performed the ultimate ‘sacrifice’ by way of swallowing 35mm film and studying the excretory results. When we say swallow we don’t mean that figuratively, but literally, as in your mouth.


Luke Evans and Joshua Lake figured out that perhaps the safest manner to see their innards without the use of an X-ray machine or a physician was to ingest punctured capsules to allow enzymes and acids to absorb onto the film and make its way through their intestines. Like everything else we eat, the ‘fecalized’ film (eeuww) were then washed (thank goodness) once they ‘re-emerged’ and were examined under the scrutiny of a microscope before they were blown-up into prints.


It is perhaps safe to presume medical practitioners of any kind will not recommend swallowing anything other than edible food. This pair of Kingston University students however obviously decided to push the envelope with their crazy stunt. Medical professionals caution that the risks involved when you eat film media could be perforation or obstruction of the colon, conditions being serious. Needless to say, the results of the crazy experiment are quite interesting. Thankfully the two gentlemen say they are in the pink of health.


“When it is actually inside, your mind plays trick about how you feel about it,” Evans recently said I an interview. “You think, ‘Oh it’s in there.’ You can feel it but it is just that you have been trained not to ingest things like this.” Strictly speaking, the project is not traditional film photography since nothing was not exposed and processed, but we do stretch definitions every now and then. By the way, this project does have a name. It goes by the title, Inside Out.

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Attila Kun

Attila Kun

Attila is the founder and editor-in-chief of Exposure Guide. He is an avid photographer, graphic designer, bedroom DJ and devoted Mac addict. Attila got his first DSLR camera, a Canon 10D, back in 2003 and he has been hooked on photography ever since.