Lomochrome Purple is an interesting film. An entirely new creation designed by the High Priests of Hipsterism over at Lomographische AG (aka Lomography) is it often described as a revival of the colour infrared Kodak Aerochrome, now sadly deceased as a particularly colourful parrot. However, it is more of a homage or “in the vein of…” than a revival. Lomochrome is a C41 film that employs colour shifting to provide an Aerochrome “feel”, but is not an infrared film.
I shot a few rolls of this film in Spain where the strong sunlight of high-altitude Madrid and cloudless Andalucia allowed the film to perform at it’s best. The film isn’t given a fixed speed rating, but rather is marketed as 100 – 400 ISO, and the 35mm film canisters (120 roll is also available, but no sheets) have no DX coding. Having looked at some test shots online of the film used at speeds from 50 to 400 ISO, I decided to shoot two 35mm rolls at 200 ISO.
Experimentation is key to this film. Essentially greens are shifted to violet/purple, and yellows to reds, but this is extremely dependent on lighting conditions, with direct sunlight being essential to “strong” effects, and with shadow making changes far more subtle, or “weak”. Also not all colour shades are shifted, thus making the results very unpredictable. You are always in for a surprise!
Processing is exactly the same as for any other C41 film, though note that scanning can be more tricky. In the end, after several frustrated attempts on my Epson Perfection V550, I retreated in humiliation and took the negatives to the local ASDA supermarket, who did commendable work (as always – amazing staff who would put many a “proper” photographic shop to shame), struggling with an unwilling minilab scanner.
With all that said, pictures to follow…