The Impossible Project Film and the Bitter Cold

Impossible Project Film

This is a follow up to my The Impossible Project Film in the heat of summer post. Their film is very temperamental and if it’s not developed in the right conditions the colors may be a little off. The main things that affect the development process is temperature and light. I am going to give my insight into developing pictures in cold weather today.

I live in Boston, and to say the least it has been a very long, snowy and cold winter. Taking pictures in this weather is not easy considering I generally walk about town with camera and film in tow making it susceptible to the outside weather. I decided to take out two different cameras out one day during a light snow fall, but it was about 15 degrees F outside. I took with me a more modern 600 series camera with built in flash from the 90’s and a folding SLR SX-70 Sonar OneStep. Both films for the cameras were taken out of the fridge and set out to reach room temperature for about an hour. So after the hour I load the film into the camera and I am out the door.

Newbury Street on Impossible Project Film

Newbury Street Design on Impossible Project Film

So these are the first two images I took with both cameras. The 600 had the colored frame. They are looking ok, they are a little blue, but you can still see the image pretty well and other colors are visible.  I was taking them and then storing them right away in my backpack in between book pages.

cherub on Impossible Project Film

Cherub Fountain on Impossible Project Film

Both of these were taken about 15 minutes later when I was in the Boston Common. My pictures have now become very blue and cloudy. The sun was behind me and it was still no help. I put these right into my backpack after taking them just as I had the last two.

Boston Common on Impossible Project Film

This is the last photo I took on the 600 series camera and it also has the same effect going on. Although it does seem a small bit brighter and the natural light is very low, the picture is overall very blue and cloudy.

I have heard from some people that if you have the pictures close to your body then your warmth can transfer over while the picture is developing, but I have very bad luck with this.

Street Lights and Snow on Impossible Project Film

This photo was also taken while it was cold outside and I tried to place it close to my body to keep it warm. Since I was moving about my body caused the chemicals inside the photo to be pressed and squished having the photo come out with blotches and still very blue. I would not recommend doing this at all unless you have a cold clip or something that can keep the photo from bending.

My best recommendation is that if you want to take pictures with Impossible Project film when it is very cold, is to quickly step outside, take your shots, and then come inside again into warmth. Don’t have the pictures to develop outside wait inside for at least 30 minutes or so and then step outside again for another round.

No need to have the winter bring you down and keep you from creating beautiful Polaroids. So keep shooting and please let me know if you have any other good tips or tricks!

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