Picture of Alternative Photography - Printing Photos on Objects
Liquid Light is probably one of the coolest inventions in photographic history. It basically allows you to print photographs onto anything and everything using standard darkroom procedures. You can print on wood, metal, glass, walls, even eggs! (Don't worry, if you don't know how to print in a darkroom, I've included instructions in step 4).

  • Object to print on
  • Pre-existing or recently proccessed black and white negative
  • Oil-based polyurethane varnish
  • Brush, sponge, finger...anything to coat your object with Liquid Light
  • Pot or bowl of warm/hot water (or a microwave)
  • Darkroom
  • Patience
Darkroom Equipment:
  • Darkroom with safelight
  • Enlarger (or projector for larger objects)
  • Developing chemicals, (developer, fixer, stopbath if needed)
  • Tongs or gloves
  • Brush or sponge, (other than the one listed above for the emulsion)
  • Access to a sink
  • 3 trays for chemicals
  • Music to calm your nerves (my personal preference - A Perfect Circle: Emotive or Thirteenth Step)

FUN FACT: The largest photograph in the world was created with Liquid Light in 2007. "The Great Picture" took 9 months to create and required 6 artists and 400 volunteers. The negative image is 3,375 square feet and took up most of an aircraft hanger in southern California where it was shot. The entire airplane hanger was made into a pinhole camera, and was sanctioned by the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Largest Camera. 80 quarts of Liquid Light were used. (For more info: The Great Picture).

**Note: The top three photographs were taken and printed by myself. Please excuse my censoring, some of my Liquid Light experiments involved nude photographs. (Model release contracts were used, as they should be for any shoot involving models! Especially nudes!!)

Hello, can I print on Merino Wool? Will the chemicals not destroy the fabric? Thank you

Hello Rayya, printing on a fabric such as wool may be a bit tricky if its not stretched. This is because the Silver Gelatin emulsion in the "liquid light" may flake off / not stay in tact. How ever printing on canvas and other surfaces that can hold its shape are more effective in terms of outcome. Good luck!

Developing film to A Perfect Circle... nice.
WriterChick2 years ago
Very interesting 'ible! I'm a writer, not a photographer, but this could easily turn up in one of my books, though Dick Francis has already used something like it in a novel of his published many years ago.
KathyTackettPhoto (author)  WriterChick2 years ago
Sounds awesome! When it's done, you should send me the title so I can find it and read it. :)
rimar20002 years ago
Thanks for sharing this useful info.