Whether it’s a roll of holiday snaps shot on 35mm colour film for posting on Instagram – or a premium roll of B&W medium format for a client – the Analogue WonderLab will look after your films and provide a fast, professional service to give you fantastic results every time! For local shooters in the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire area it will be easy to drop off films directly for processing at their location in High Wycombe, and pick up a couple of days later to enjoy the results.
After three years of making film photography fun and accessible by providing shooters with a broad range of films via their online store, Analogue Wonderland have taken the next big step and have opened a processing lab. Customers are able to order a range of developing and scanning options online, after which they’ll receive simple instructions for generating a FREE TRACKED postage label to send in their negatives with ultimate peace of mind.
The WonderLab has been set-up by Marina Llopis, a veteran of labs and studios from around the world. She trained at the IINO Media Pro studio in Tokyo before doing stints in developing labs in Spain and the UK. Marina has recruited a small team of devoted lab technicians – and film shooters! – to join her. The combination of her technical expertise and professional experience makes her the perfect person to run the WonderLab – as one of the few female-led labs in Europe.
With significant long-term goals to make the process of developing and printing films more sustainable, the WonderLab will use ‘best practices’ from top labs around the world to minimise the environmental impact of developing film, dealing with everything from plastic waste to chemical disposal.
The WonderLab will be able to process and scan colour C-41 and B&W for 35mm, 120, disposable cameras and 110 films (some restrictions apply). More chemistries and processes will be made available over the coming months, starting with E6, as they work towards being able to process every film available to shooters today, including all speciality types and formats as well as standard.
Paul McKay, co-founder of Analogue Wonderland, said: “Adding a lab service to our core retail offering is something that’s ‘made sense’ on paper for a long time. But there are so many challenges to building a lab from scratch – for example the machinery and software tend to date from the early 00’s and there is little in the way of ‘new’ parts. We needed someone with the right experience and network to help, and now we can focus on helping push the lab industry forwards – sharing the challenges openly with our community and investing in research to make things better for future generations of film shooters.”
Marina Llopis, Head of the WonderLab, said: “What excites me most about the WonderLab isn’t just that we’ll be providing a great service for local film shooters from the start, but that this is just the beginning of a project to improve film photography’s environmental footprint forever! The research, the ideas, and the passion from the community for updating historic practices gives me great hope that we will be able to make a real difference. I’m personally also very proud to be running a female-led lab that might help more people feel that film photography is an activity for them.”
Find out more about Analogue Wonderland: www.analoguewonderland.co.uk
Find out more about Analogue WonderLab: www.analoguewonderland.co.uk/collections/film-developing