Photographer Attempts to Develop Film with Gamer Energy Drinks

After successfully developing film with beer, dishwashing fluid, and instant coffee, a photographer attempted to create 35mm black-and-white film.

Lou, also known by Sweet Lou Photography, attempted to make a black-and-white film using G-Fuel, a gaming powder-energy drink, and Gamers Supp. As his subject, he used Ilford 400 ASAHP5 black and white film.

With the intent of creating one for each energy drink, the YouTuber shot two rolls Ilford HP5 film. Lou calls the Delta Mix the development recipe. Lou claims it is a well-known home chemical method that produces consistent black and white film.

This recipe contains washing soda, Vitamin C powder and instant coffee. Lou then replaced the instant coffee with the powdered energy drinks mix. Washing soda, a chemical compound that can remove stubborn stains from laundry, is an essential component of most homemade laundry detergents.

Lou also added 1,000ml of tap water to the mixture and kept a half-gallon fixer on hand. After mixing the mixture, Lou let it stand for several minutes to remove any bubbles formed during mixing. Due to the interaction of Vitamin C with Gamer Supps, the Gamer Supps mixture actually overflowed with bubbles. Lou recommends reducing the water to 700ml and topping it up after the bubbles have subsided.

After a strange side trip to take an unexpected bath, Lou put the film in the developer tank for nine more minutes before soaking it in the fixer for three minutes. To keep the mixture moving, he also stirred the tank between the phases. It was time to rinse the tank.

Although the results were good, they were a little underexposed. The Gamers Supps mixture developed the film correctly, but the G-Fuel failed fix the image. As a result, they were completely exposed and clear and there was no way to print them. Lou discovered that both drinks had a viscous consistency, which left a sticky residue on the film.

Sweet Lou Photography
Sweet Lou Photography
Sweet Lou Photography

Gamers Supp’s powdered Energy Drink can create black-and-white film but it won’t make the image look “gooey”, while G Fuel doesn’t.