I’ve loved instant film my entire life. I remember being obsessed with watching Polaroids develop when I was a little kid, and thinking it was magic. When The Impossible Project set out to make film for Polaroid cameras, they took on, well, an impossible task. And man did they succeed. The new generation of instant film from them allows us to play with that sense of nostalgia while creating instant images that are truly beautiful. There is a warmth and depth to these photos that just makes my heart beat a little faster. The submissions we received this week blew my mind, and I’m so excited to share the work of all these artists.
I shoot PX680 Impossible Project film on my (recently purchased) SX-70 Sonar Onestep. Since I don’t have an ND filter yet for this camera, I’ve been rotating the exposure dial all the way to dark, as this camera is made for 100 speed film.
These are from a recent session we did with two local musicians. They were shot on a Folding SX-70 SLR, on PX70 color protection film. It was overcast and I’ve found this film to work best in really flat light.
Also I kept them under my arm for the first 10min of developing to get the warm tones.
This self portrait taken with Impossible PX 70 Color Protection film and a Polaroid SX-70 that belonged to my grandfather. I propped the camera in the grass and focused first, then got into the frame and carefully released the shutter with one hand.
I used the SX-70 with PX70 film. I was shooting in even light, and didn’t make any adjustments with the Dark or Light knob. I recently spoke with an Impossible USA rep and asked if there were any tricks with shooting the SX70 and new Color Safe film, he said he adjusted one notch toward the Light knob and hoped for the best. I always hope for the best.