27.10.14 by Jeff

Photographer Creates Fungus and Destroys Photos with Beautiful Results


Korean photographer Seung-Hwan Oh began experimenting with mold and film after reading a BBC article about it. He takes photos and stores the film in a warm and wet environment to encourage fungi to grow. Apparently only one out of ever 500 frames of medium format color reversal film turns out properly so it’s a rather expensive creative process. Take a look at more images from his series “Impermanence” below.

















Seung-Hwan Oh’s Website



Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Joe

    These are great. I’d love to see some of the 499 out of 500 rejects to get an idea of how those look.

  • I love that he’s doing this. It reminds me so much of the film ‘Decasia’ by by the experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison. I wonder if that was what the BBC article was about?

  • Half Asleep Studio

    Wow, this is the most interesting thing I’ve seen in a while!

  • Love these

  • Tomas F

    Question: how do I participate in a VHS video tape ?. Can you give me some consejor about it?

  • Brilliant!

  • himura

    first one and last one. All the rest feel like failed experiments

  • michaelbittner

    Beautiful. So, that works out to about one keeper
    shot for every forty rolls of medium format film? Whew!

  • CLO

    its just an organic texture. get a high powered microscope and you can take pictures all day of fungus.

  • Immaginare dal vero

    just one world: WOOOWWWWWW *_*

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