floating emulsion by aglaia b

This image was shot on Fujichrome Velvia film (transparency film) and the transparency was manipulated further using a Daylab printer and Polaroid pull apart film. Once the positive was formed, some citroclean was sprayed onto it and it was placed into a bath of water. The emulsion lifts off its backing and is floating literally like very fine seaweed in the water. Extreme care was taken to lift this emulsion out of the water and onto blotting paper. Whilst it is still wet it can be manipulated further into any shape you wish. In this case a very rugged border. Once dry it sets into the blotting paper. This is the final result. This is a very unique technique as you will never be able to reproduce the same image twice due to the fact that it is dependant on how carefully and with a huge amount of experimentation, you retrieve the emulsion out of the water and how you manipulate it on the paper while it is wet.

Everything about this technique is experimental. Firstly a variety of transparency films were experimented with. Pulling the emulsion off the backing of the Polaroid film was also experimented with. A few different cleaners were used due to the chemicals present in them and I found that citroclean worked best at doing this.

More works created with this technique can be found here

A Polaroid film transfer of the image was also created and can be found here


  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 7 years ago

    Amazing process that clearly gives amazing results…..a wonderful feel of yesteryear and modernism.

  • blamo
    blamoalmost 7 years ago

    a interesting technique (a bit like a water slide printed carry film transfer)………… Excellent A1 great result

  • shapiro
    shapiroalmost 7 years ago

    Wow! This Floating Emulsion is wonderful and very interesting! This brings so much joy.It helps one to harmonize with nature and discover new possibilities for growth. F A N T A S T I C! Aglaia

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaalmost 7 years ago

    This is incredible, what an amazing process, and look at the results, so well worked to achieve this! AMAZING!

  • Leno
    Lenoalmost 7 years ago

    Love and admire your unique ability to create splendid, beautiful, intriguing works and using traditional media. Very original Aglaia. x

  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chapplealmost 7 years ago

    You are so skilled, a true artist always pushing the limits, an excellent outcome. It’s always inspiring to visit here!

  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 7 years ago

    Extraordinary process, amazing image…………………..rare quality, well done.

  • raoultiger
    raoultigeralmost 7 years ago

    I still think you are a mad scientist!

  • Bevsimages
    Bevsimagesalmost 7 years ago

    very special one off image & you must have alot of patience…Good work x ;)) Great styling for the image too x

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanalmost 7 years ago

    love, love, LOVE this .. everything about it !!

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