Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The forgotten Polaroid

Just a short post today. Soon I'll be writing something up on 126 film and cameras, but for now...I was out shooting a couple weeks ago and managed to lose a Polaroid under the seat of my truck -- unpeeled. So I discovered it recently when I was cleaning up. It was completely dried up. I had to force peel it and all I got was a Polaroid covered with hard, black goop. Well, after messing around a bit, I ended up with this:


So, how did I do it? Well, I was digging through my box of Polaroids this morning and found this (ID-UV shot with a Colorpack III)...


Same thing happened. Left it my car (I think for a month at least) unpeeled, found it, peeled it, and got mostly black stuff. Nice, so now I can show you what I did! Very easy, a no-brainer really. Filled the sink with water and let it soak for a couple hours.


It softens up the dried up developer into a nice, slimy sheet...


...which can then be peeled off.


Simple as that! Rinse it off for good measure.


Let it dry for a couple hours.


And there you have it. Forgotten and re-remembered.



Decent effect, really. Also, it gets little water blisters on it that collapse when it dries. I may see how long I can actually soak a Polaroid, what happens... I assume that this would be a way to do transfers? Soak it long enough until the emulsion slides off...have to mess about a bit more in the future.
Again, soon a post on the mysterious 126 film and my (so far unsuccessful) attempts to make new 126 film. Until then!

8 comments:

  1. Chris3:13 PM

    That's exactly how you do a transfer. Provided you can keep the gelatin intact, you can transfer a color peel-apart polaroid onto almost anything.

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  2. cool, thanks. i think this would have had to soak a lot longer, as the emulsion was soft but still stuck. maybe just because it was so 'burned' from heat and developer. i'll have to try transfers at some point.

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  3. it's not tranfers that are soaked in water, it's emulsion lifts. You need to use boiling water and it only takes about a minute.

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  4. so very cool.

    i love the geometric pattern in this photo.

    a while back, i found a colorpack II in amazing condition at a thrift store. just cleaned it up yesterday and ordering film today. hopefully will post some photos soon.

    found your blog by googling "colorpack II tips" and i found many in your blog on the different types of film - so, thank you!

    :)

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  5. glad i could help! and you have a totally sci-fi job... i imagine swishing electronic doors and a soft woman's voice playing through the halls explaining the company's purpose and goals. "welcome to genprime. at genprime, we build a better you."

    !!

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  7. ooo, kind of eerie!
    like the movies, "the island," or "minority report."

    at least that's how i imagine the woman's voice.

    anyway, no, we don't do anything futuristic like that, (and we're not big or corporate, thank god) but we DO do (doo doo, *snicker) some pretty cool stuff. rapid microbial detection, to be specific.

    good taste in music, i see. if you like the squirrel nut zippers, you MUST check out nick jaina:
    http://www.myspace.com/nickjaina

    cheers!

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