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GETTING HIGH ON FILM

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Cover Image: Sarah Schoenfeld: All You Can Feel (MDMA detail)

After working in notorious Berlin nightclubs for years, photographer Sarah Schoenfeld who had ample exposure to the realities of drugs wanted to know how these effect of euphoric substances look like. So she decided to bypass her voyeuristic gaze by taking a range of mind-altering substances and placing them directly onto developed photo negatives.

Ketamine

Ketamine

Cocaine

Cocaine

Caffeine

Caffeine

Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth

Sarah Schoenfeld: All You Can Feel (Ecstasy

Ecstasy

Adrenaline

Adrenaline

Heroin

Heroin

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. These portraitures of drugs is the closest we could get to a visual scientific representation. At the same time being unreliable due to its non controlled scientific environment, we could only possibly assume its fantastical form of the drugs. The body of work, titled All You Can Feelconsists of bizarre images of heroin, cocaine, MDMA and other drugs.  The work is meant to explore the relationship between alchemy, pharmacy and psychology, but also emerges as a visually interesting and sophisticated photography series.

Sarah Schoenfeld: All You Can Feel (Ketamine)

Ketamine

Sarah Schoenfeld: All You Can Feel (LSD)

LSD

Magic

Magic

Orphiril

Orphiril

Speed

Speed

Valium

Valium

Sarah Schoenfeld: All You Can Feel (Speed) Speed + Magic

Speed + Magic

All You Can Feel is now available as a book through Kerber Press.

Image Source: beautifuldecay.com

 

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