I’ve had some Impossible Project film for some time now, but had never really gotten around to using it. Last year, on our trip to Los Angeles, I experimented with a roll of the special edition Ace Hotel Black & White film, and it was a bit of a disaster. After doing a little research, I found that you had to immediately shelter the image from any light for about 30 minutes or so, or else it will completely over expose. I started ejecting the film directly back into the box, which helped quite a bit.
The Ace Hotel film continued to over and under expose, my only thoughts on that are either that the film itself was faulty, or that it had been inside the camera, unused, for far too long. Thankfully, I had much better luck with the PX 680 color shots! I love how gloomy and aged the tones develop, as if they’ve been waiting in a dusty attic for years.
I posted all of the photos, both good and bad, into a set on Flickr. I feel like maybe I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with the film. At nearly $30 a roll, it’s a bit steep for just 8 exposures. However, it fully delivers the uncertainty and totally organic effects that I really do love about shooting film. I guess I’ll just save it for special occasions!
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