Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Saturday, 13 July 2013

My new film 'Silva Shade'

Something draws me to you.
A berried whisper,
soft tongue of pine,
the promise of a bed of needles
to while away some time
in your luscious silva shade,
filling myself up with your
strong steady scent
that strengthens my muscles,
stretches my spine.
A cool woody balm
for such a boiling heart.


- This film, made in a Finnish forest in April this year, was hand processed in coffee developer (caffenol) to a black and white negative, fixed using sea salt water for 20 hours, and I then hand-painted it with photographic watercolours. I wanted to use a filmmaking process that was gentle on the magnificent environment I was in, and that's what I came up with. I then inverted the film to create a positive image, where instead of being black, the trees are coloured. 'Silva' is Latin for forest, and 'silver' is the essence of cinema, in all its many shades. I recorded the sound in the same forest. I hope you like it!
Here are some still images too. I intended to only post a few but got so fascinated by how different every frame is that I couldn't help myself and have posted a whole ream of them!

If you can scroll down that far (!), at the very bottom are photos of the ingredients I used for hand processing the b/w film. 

































Here are a few photos of the ingredients used in the processing:

washing soda, cheap coffee granules, vitamin C powder for horses, and sea salt for fix!


Kitchen weighing scales...

The pungent mix...


x Martha

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