I’ve never been one for reading instructions. I may glance casually at any colourfully-rendered diagrams but I tend to dive right in and give it a go and panic later.
I’m telling you this because a while ago I purchased some of the freshly-invented PX 70 FF Color Shade film from The Impossible Project and I used it for the first time at the weekend.
I took my photo (with vague recollections of a pretty picture of someone covering the photo as it came out of the camera, so I did that). After a couple of minutes I looked at the results and it was just a bright blue mess. Ah well, I thought, I’d better read the instructions. I didn’t. I tossed it into a drawer and forgot all about it.
Fast-forward to today; an unexpected but welcome surprise greeted me when I opened the drawer and discovered this…
…all I needed was a little patience. That’s my second biggest fault, after never reading instructions!
This film is very different to all the other Polaroid film I’ve used – it’s still beautifully soft and ethereal and the colour is really subtle – given the right subject this is going to be great fun to play with. If this is just the first attempt (that’s what the FF stands for… First Flush) then I can’t wait to see how it improves in months and years to come.
Long live Polaroid!