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"German artist Sarah Schönfeld has squeezed drops of various recreational legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures onto exposed negative film for ‘ All You Can Feel’, a photography series that visually reinterprets the physiological and psychological imbalance of substances in the body. Much like the chemical effect of some of these substances on humans, the resulting shapes and colors showcase some of the unique characteristics of each drug, each revealing a vivid, and intricately particular internal universe. By enlarging the chemical reaction of each drug, ‘all you can feel’ portrays the unknown interface between representation and reality.” ©sarah schoenfeld

  1. crystal meth
  2. opium
  3. orphiril
  4. valium
  5. caffeine
  6. ketamine
  7. heroin
  8. pharmecutical speed
  9. cocaine
  10. speed
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Photographer Sarah Schönfeld took liquid versions of drugs, both legal and illegal, and covered exposed negative film. Each drug interacted with the film differently, and the chemical reaction continued for variable amounts of time. She repeated the process for dozens of drugs and enlarged the negatives after the reactions were complete.

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All You Can Feel by Sarah Schoenfeld

Sarah Schoenfeld is the first person to admit an astute awareness of the unique effects of recreational drugs. After observing first-hand the hedonistic behaviour of hardened ravers, she decided to bypass her voyeuristic gaze by taking a range of mind-altering substances and placing them directly onto developed photo negatives.

Turning her studio into a laboratory, Sarah squeezed drops of various legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures onto exposed film, blowing them up to large scale prints that reveal incredible shapes and colours, and the unique inner universes hiding within these substances. Consider our minds altered.

- Vulkom

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Sarah Schoenfeld who had ample exposure to the realities of drugs while working in a Berlin nightclub. To answer the question she converted her photography studio into a laboratory and exposed legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures to film negatives. The resulting chemical reactions were then greatly magnified into large prints to form a body of work titled All You Can Feel.

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What Drugs Look Like on Film Negatives

Ketamine:

Artist Sarah Schoenfeld turns the tables on drugs.

According to BoredPanda:

Her project explores the chemical reactions that happen when film negatives are exposed to various mixtures of legal and illegal drugs. In other words, it shows how the effect of the drugs might looks like.

Schoenfeld used drugs like cocaine, heroin, ketamin, LSD, and a variety of popular club drugs. Every substance behaved in a different way and allowed the photographer to produce a range of exciting images – from the dauntingly dark sphere of adrenaline to an MDMA blob bursting with colors.

The stimulus for this project came from two different experiences: one is that Sarah used to work in a Berlin nightclub where the issue of drugs was very present. The second is her family – her father was on medication because of a mental illness. As she states, she was interested in the influence that drugs have on the self, the personality and the psyche.

Adrenaline:

Cocaine:

Crystal Meth:

Heroin:

Caffeine:

Speed:

Valium:

My mind is blown…

(via Daily of the Day)

Regardless of your stance on narcotics and their regulation, it’s hard to argue with the idea that the brain makes a formidable canvass for certain chemistry. It’s beautiful, knowing that canvasses of all kinds abound and that they would have their own interpretation of what we might dare explore — should we approach with caution, and curiosity, in our exploration.

And on a separate note, looking at the image of crystal meth, I’m sure we can all agree that Walter White was definitely ahead of his time.

Sarah Schönfeld - Caffeine, caffeine on photonegative analog enlarged, 70x70 cm

"Sarah Schönfeld squeezed drops of various liquid drug mixtures onto negative film which had already been exposed. Each drop altered the coating of the film. She then enlarged these negatives including the chemical reaction of the particular drug, to sizes of up to 160 x 200 cm. All of the substances behaved very differently. Schönfeld explores the possibilities of photography at the frontiers of what can be visually portrayed– the interface between representation and reality."