One of my goals from last year was to buy some film for the Polaroid cameras I had been collecting. So as a treat before we set off on our adventures with Asher, I bought two packets of Impossible Project film for one of my favourite cameras. However, once we got to Brisbane, I totally forgot about my film for a few weeks, while my Polaroid camera was hanging out in Asher, so I think the film might have become a little too warm, because this is what my first packet turned out like.
Over the past few days, I've been experimenting with the film, altering the settings and conditions with some interesting and abstract results, but not quite what I expected. After going through a few of the instructions again, I realised that I probably hadn't used the film quick enough and of course that it probably got way too hot in the caravan. I also wonder if my lovely vintage Polaroid which I picked up at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, needs a bit of love as well.
I was about to throw my crazy overexposed experiments away, until I began to look at all the images together and became enchanted by the tones, lines and shadows. Then I suddenly had a little burst of inspiration that these Polaroids could be transformed into something lovely. So with scissors and glue in hand, a few lovely 1970s Encyclopedias and a sweet Lucy King teacup, I set to work this afternoon turning my experimental photos into some fun and cheeky collage art.
'I get some of my best beautiful little thoughts in the most unsuspecting places'
'Pirates roamed the seas in search of lovely flowers'
I had so much fun putting these collages together, I'm looking forward to creating a whole little series. So even though the photos didn't quite turn out as I was hoping, I'm determined not to give up on my lovely Polaroid cameras and will be trying again soon perhaps with a different camera and making sure I follow all the steps and tutorials carefully, so I don't over cook my film.
Have you experimented with Impossible Project film before? I'd love to hear about your results.