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Polaroid TZ Artistic "Fade To Black" (Instant, 100 ISO) User-Review

As the name might suggest, this film was not made for snapping at birthdays. But, it does take you to magical realms, inside the guts of a Polaroid picture...

Photo by paramir

After shooting a few packs of the Polaroid Artistic TZ and being quite pleased with the instant-vintage results, I decided to give the “Fade To Black” variant a try and this film was a bit more than shoot-and-run. You need to make decisions (more than when to hit the shutter button) and you need to fiddle with the Polaroid – cut it open and stuff. Yeah.

The thing with this film is, from the moment the image appears before your eyes, it starts growing darker every minute, until after 24 hours, it turns completely black (well, more like very dark brown, that is). At any given moment you can decide to stop this process by cutting around the edges of the photograph and peeling the positive side from the negative side, letting the emulsion dry and therefore stopping the developing/darkening process.

One thing I noticed after scanning the images, is that after you cut the photograph open and let it dry, it actually turns lighter. And greener. So you actually need to go darker than you intend to, in order to get the (still unpredictable) desired result. You can see what I mean in the following two galleries (the last image is the end result, after peeling and drying):

Another thing that I noticed while experimenting, is that the longer you wait with stopping the process, the bigger the chances that the emulsion is going to stick to the positive side of the photo, leaving you with a beautiful negative, and a positive that turns much less green when it dries off. See the following example, showing the final images from the last two galleries as they look like when separated:

I had a lot of fun messing around with the Polaroids. There’s a lot to play around with (soon a tipster!), but be warned: this film produces gloomy images!

The images in this article were scanned every hour more or less.
For more info and the peeling technique

written by paramir


  1. eggzakly


    Just ordered some last Thursday, can't wait to play around with it!! What are you shooting it with? :)

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  2. stouf


    Such a beautiful mood in these shots... I really love them !

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  3. ethermoon


    wow this is a nice film review!!! Looking this for a film review of the week. I like how things go darker and darker...

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  4. azurblue


    That's magical !

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  5. chikapop


    this film is really fun, although messy! i wish i had more.

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  6. wrkrparasite


    I was looking at this stuff last week on The Impossible Project site. The only thing that held me back was the lack of a camera. Great work here, I really dig the galleries.

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  7. xbalboax


    great film, shot two packs this past weekend

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  8. ipdegirl


    love it! great images! thanks for the tips....i'd like to try this film out soon

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  9. strangelilgirl


    very nice and exciting!!! looking forward to picking some up myself, especially after seeing your beautiful images =)

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  10. azurblue


    It would be great to be able to buy old polaroid/new impossible project films on lomography's shop !

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  11. blackstar888


    really great though!!

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  12. disdis


    I've got some packs here with me... maybe I should start shooting!

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