Want to bring the look of an Instagram filter to your 35mm film photos? The HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair Camera gives you the power to create and experiment with your own photo effects. How does it work? Instead of using the power of digital technology (or whatever wizardry Instagram’s team discovered), the HydroChrome uses liquids to create its dreamy, colorful film strips.
How does it work? As you can see in the pictures below, a tube and syringe are attached to the camera’s body. With the liquid of your choice, you can create dreamy, colorful panoramic film strips with sprocket holes. The designer elaborates,” Have you noticed Instagram’s film border filters that mimic authentic analog sprocket holes? Us too, and who can blame them, it’s a great look! But instead of faking the effect, you can do it for real with the HydroChrome. Master this authentic analog aesthetic with no digital trickery required!” This real-life colored filter was inspired by the HydroChrome’s namesake, Thomas Sutton, who pioneered the use of liquid-filled lenses. Now, over 150 years later, the technique has been adapted and packaged into a beginner-friendly package.
In recent years, 35mm film photography has experienced a resurgence in popularity. Even as digital photography and phone cameras become more advanced, people still feel nostalgic for film cameras. The HydroChrome camera invites those photography fans to experiment with this particular medium, in a way that is both unconventional and uncomplicated. With the HydroChrome’s easy-to-use function and the included “Liquids Guide,” anyone can capture dreamy, beautiful images.