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Instax Photo Collage Optical Illusion

Have you ever accidentally pressed the eject button on your instant-back adapter before taking a photo? If so, you have likely been crushed thinking about what an incredible waste it is to have to discard these instant "blanks". Well you no longer have to let them go to waste. You can re-purpose these blanks to create cool photo collages.

Photo by mafiosa

Be sure to hold on to any “waste” or “blank” Instax film, as there are many possible uses for them in the future. I recently realized that I had a very large stack of blanks and wanted to do something creative with them. One of the best things about these blanks is that they are black and white, so I decided to apply the principle of using dark space to optimize double exposures.

Here is what I did:

I took my stack of Instax blanks…

and spread them out in a random pattern on top of a black background:

Next, I loaded some film into my camera, and captured this image on each frame. I altered the angle and distance for each shot so that they would all be slightly different. Then I rewound the film, reloaded it, and shot various images (i.e. portraits, landscapes, randoms, etc.). The results are almost exactly what I pictured in my head when I came up with this idea.

It’s a photo-collage without actually being a collage.

I hope you enjoy and experiment with this. I know I will certainly be repeating this technique, and hopefully building on it. <3

written by mafiosa

37 comments

  1. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Cool save!

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  2. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Very nice idea to use the waste instants.....^..^ Cool results and thanks for sharing...^..^

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  3. boredslacker

    boredslacker

    Fantastic technique! Will definitely try this on my blanks!

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  4. nubesdecolores

    nubesdecolores

    I love it!!

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  5. legfreak

    legfreak

    a very good idea, and results are coming out quite good
    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  6. guanatos

    guanatos

    awesome idea, it's simple and effective!

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  7. 134340

    134340

    really cool tipster!! <3 <3

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  8. istionojr

    istionojr

    very interesting tipster! do you shot the blank instax with or without flash?

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  9. adamo-75

    adamo-75

    Supercool idea!!

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  10. mapix

    mapix

    really nice idea, thanks!

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  11. mont0417

    mont0417

    you are so creative ^^

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  12. cutebun

    cutebun

    Awesome! I love the idea.

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  13. mafiosa

    mafiosa

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  14. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    thank you @lomographytaiwan for translating this tipster <3

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  15. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Thank you very much @viihm @zoloto @xaviru @triky76 @bkspicture @missbug for liking this tipster. And thank you @shanti929 for translating it :)

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  16. viihm

    viihm

    @Mafiosa No problem :)

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  17. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Thank you @imoomi @littlekoala @deprofundis @susielomovitz @guztanova and @nubesdecolores for liking this tipster :)

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  18. bluemie5

    bluemie5

    love it!

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  19. imoomi

    imoomi

    great!

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  20. phoenix1206

    phoenix1206

    That's so cool!

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  21. jeabzz

    jeabzz

    brilliant idea!

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  22. maria_vlachou

    maria_vlachou

    genious!

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  23. tamsoam

    tamsoam

    Nice!!!! Ive got some blanks too.........

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  24. freelancer

    freelancer

    Cool trick! And you know what´s cool too! You can turn around "impossible project" insatnts for polaroid and do teh same magic.... with properly exposed polaroids. Use them twice in creative way. Thank you @mafiosa

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  25. freelancer

    freelancer

    Sorry for the mistakes in my comment - I had 2 beers...

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  26. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    LOL - no worries @freelancer !! I need a couple of beers myself :)

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  27. jet

    jet

    Nice tip! I should try it!

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  28. jet

    jet

    Nice tip! I should try it!

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  29. stonerfairy

    stonerfairy

    Should try this!!

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  30. raapstelenstamppot

    raapstelenstamppot

    Fantastic! I only wished I had blank Instax film...

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  31. cycliste

    cycliste

    Wow!! You are a genius - that is such an incredible idea!!!!!

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  32. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Ooooooh, so that's how you did it! Cool. :D

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  33. lonur

    lonur

    i love this!

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  34. stouf

    stouf

    How could I miss this!? It's wonderful!

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  35. nonspecificscientific

    nonspecificscientific

    Super cool effect! Love the technique!

    12 months ago · report as spam
  36. ctno3

    ctno3

    I have never wasted a frame before maybe im just lucky or to neurotic with how i take pics but im definatly going to try this looks great fun :)

    8 months ago · report as spam
  37. umeshu

    umeshu

    So cool! I'll try that!

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