St. Maarten Beach Apartments Cross Process

Cross-process developing means you develop the film in the “opposite” chemicals than normal. That is, I usually take slide film and then have it processed in the chemicals used to make typical print film results. That causes the slide film’s colors to brighten and also for the contrast to deepen.

This photo was taken from the public beach at St. Maarten in the Caribbean. I was there on a cruise with my mother and stepfather. I always like to carry a Holga with me when I travel. I actually like to carry three with me – one with color or black-and-white film, one with cross-processed film, and one with 35mm film. The cross-processed film only works well in certain color-rich situations so I’m frugal with when I use it.

I like the repetition of shapes here. How the blue strips mirror that brilliant blue of the tropical sky. I also like the “lived in” feel of the apartments. Even though this is a sought-after destination that cruise ships visit frequently, it’s just “home” for the locals. The ocean is always there. It’s normal and natural.

Film: Fuji Fujichrome 64T Type II Slide Film (Exp 9/2003)

This film was developed at

I love using expired film. It adds to the curiosity about what will happen. I love the way the vignetting happened on this image.

Photo by Lisa Shea

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Cross Process Developing