For those of you who don’t know, The Impossible Project is out to save the Polaroid, and has already released a new silver shade film for SX-70 cameras (although sold out at the moment.) However, I was able to get my hands on the last 2 packs of the original Fade to Black film, which as the name implies, will turn completely black within 24 hours after taking the shot. The concept of creating art for the present brought me back to fine art school, when I was taught to not treasure the piece itself, but the process. There are however two ways of saving an image, and below are a few examples of both. The images on the left are scanned just minutes after taking the shots, notice how dark they already were, and the images on the right are peeled (the emulsion is peeled away from the transparency and dried, to stop the development process.)
I can’t wait to dive into the second package!