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Printing Negatives onto Skin with the Sun

Here’s really random/strange/stupid idea inspired by a comment left yesterday, but have you heard of anyone “printing” a photograph onto their skin using a negative under sunlight? Seems like it would produce a correct positive image of a negative.

Next time you go to the beach, try sticking a negative onto your body and see what shows up at the end of the day!


 
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  • Graham Case

    Do it with a 4×5 or 8×10 negative for extra cred (and detail).

  • Graham Case

    Do it with a 4×5 or 8×10 negative for extra cred (and detail).

  • http://www.facebook.com/mauricio.munuera Mauricio Munuera

    People have too much time in their hands…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mauricio.munuera Mauricio Munuera

    People have too much time in their hands…

  • GJohnson78

    AWESOME idea!

  • Mr.A

    c’mon guys you are in summer, try it and show it us, here in south pole we are cold :(

  • Tooyoungforfilm

    What are these “negatives” you are talking about?

  • Tooyoungforfilm

    What are these “negatives” you are talking about?

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    You reckon I could do the same with a CR2 file? ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    You reckon I could do the same with a CR2 file? ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisChaney86 Chris Chaney

    My CF card just left a big white square where my tan usually goes.

  • Micah Caputo

    There was one photographer who used the sun and negatives to print on leaves, (photosynthesis) then sealed them in resin. Forgot who it was. Studied them in my grad level history of photography class.

  • Micah Caputo

    There was one photographer who used the sun and negatives to print on leaves, (photosynthesis) then sealed them in resin. Forgot who it was. Studied them in my grad level history of photography class.

  • Micah Caputo

    There was one photographer who used the sun and negatives to print on leaves, (photosynthesis) then sealed them in resin. Forgot who it was. Studied them in my grad level history of photography class.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Ooh, interesting. Was it this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binh_Danh

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1469663692 Jason Heilig

    Live in Texas, tomorrow it’s going to be 107. I shall make with the experimenting.

  • skyi guy

    I think it was at least ten years ago, one of the RIT photo students made a large negative,(no digital printers at the time) and sat out in the quad with it taped to his chest. I have no idea if he did any calculation and the resulting image went from normal skintone to a very bad sunburn.  I also recall the picture was a landscape, maybe with a barn in it.  The student had dreamed up the idea in the winter and was itching to do it the first cloudless day in the spring, and I suspect this did not help the exposure.  Over the years I have often wondered what the correct exposure would be, but it is so dependent on materials, skin condition, and of course UV index of the day.

  • Jrmessi

    Excuse me my ignorance: any kind of negative film? black and white, color?

  • Pika

    i think you could make a necklace out of the negatives

  • Pika

    i think you could make a necklace out of the negatives

  • Dannynoonan82

    I wouldn’t expect any decent results unless you stayed absolutely still for hours.

  • Dannynoonan82

    I wouldn’t expect any decent results unless you stayed absolutely still for hours.

  • http://www.dianazucker.wordpress.com Diana

    I’ve actually tried that before, but my skin got sweaty that the negative wouldn’t lie flat.  I tried taping it, but the tape didn’t stick due to the sweat.  If anyone can think of a way to hold it down, I would love to give it another shot.  (It was a negative transparency instead of an actual negative film strip, but it should still get the same results right?)

  • http://www.wacdesign.com Will

    glue?

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    You have to be able to get the negative off too!

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    You have to be able to get the negative off too!

  • Anonymous

    wouldn’t the film block the UV?

  • Jmurrayszarvas

    Skin isn’t as light sensitive as photo paper. I would think it would work if you applied a silver halide to the skin.

  • Jmurrayszarvas

    Skin isn’t as light sensitive as photo paper. I would think it would work if you applied a silver halide to the skin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jroalkvam Jostein Roalkvam

    Gladpack? :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/jroalkvam Jostein Roalkvam

    Gladpack? :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/jroalkvam Jostein Roalkvam

    Or “Plastic wrap” or whatever you call it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_wrap

  • Abcde

    they’ll have skin cancer. 

  • Ranklechick

    I have heard of people using the stuff for cyanotypes to make a sort of temporary photo-tattoo.

  • Girlalice

    I don’t think I would tape it on at all – try a device that would stay put (like something that would clip on your shoulder) that would hold the negative away from the skin like an enlarger would over a sheet of paper…only problem is you’d have to be knocked out asleep or something to keep from moving.

  • Serrah

    Yes, yes it would. Nice to have a voice of reason around here. 

  • Sean

    Someday you’ll have a really beautiful melanoma to explain to your dermatologist

  • Sean

    Someday you’ll have a really beautiful melanoma to explain to your dermatologist

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.siebert Kimberly Siebert

    uh dude – tape it down…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.siebert Kimberly Siebert

    thin strips of duct tape or that tape they use for bandages to stick on…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.siebert Kimberly Siebert

    how bout drawing it with sharpie on your arm.. no tape needed.

  • Ignominia05

    yes, or Van Dyke or Cyanotype emulsions. Useing a negative made for high contrast imagery, like Kodalith, that has a much clearer plastic. Then go dip in the sea to rinse off the unexposed solution…. ta-da! if it works on watercolor paper or fabric it will work on skin but I don’t vouch for toxicity… ;-)

  • Lambert Schlumpf

    I think black and white?

  • Lambert Schlumpf

    a cutter?