Friday, 1 February 2013

instant fail

I have no idea what I'm doing with a polaroid camera. Did the film stay in the camera for too long (ca two years) maybe?

Edit: I used The Impossible Project's PX 680 Color Shade film. I don't know the name of the camera (borrowed from my sister), but I think it has something to do with 600.


  1. This looks like Impossible Project film. If so, the fault is entirely the film's. Almost every photo I've taken with the most recent IP film has come out ruined like those you show here. I appreciate the company's investment in the future of instant film, but it should be ashamed of selling this practially unusable film at such a high price point.

  2. I think they're beautiful! Impossible film is a little unpredictable and it goes out of date quickly. Two years is a long time.

    The problem here is that the chemicals have not been shot through the whole frame. That might be your camera, or poorly made film.

    I still love the pictures though. In their imperfection.

  3. This is what you get when the chemicals of the film are not spread evenly on the photo frame. It may have to do with the fact that there is too little pressure on the photo at the point where it comes out of the camera --> it doesn't squeese the frame hard enough to spread the chemicals properly. I'm a big fan of The Impossible Project so I've followed their news a lot! ;)

    You can try and fix the problem by actually putting some pressure on the camera by hand. I'm using a Polaroid 600-camera and when I take a picture, I squeeze the front part with my other hand (above and below of where the picture comes out). Usually it helps.

    The Impossible Project was once asked why would they not just make thicker frames, but they had tried it and the pictures just got stuck in the test run. I've had this problem mostly with the color films, the Silver Shade I tried turned out perfectly every time. I guess it's a hint thicker than the color film after all.

    I hope this helps! Even if it doesn't, you can always turn these pieces into an art set on your wall! :)

  4. On first glance, I thought they were purposeful abstracts. I really like them. On the other hand, I'm sure you want the camera to work properly.

  5. I had exactly the same result. Every intant look the same anyway. Can´t seem to get vivid blue colors. B/W however is working good though.

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