I recently picked up a Polaroid 250 Land Camera. I’m still getting used to it, but already I’ve discovered a fun and pointless little exercise.
This isn’t the kind of Polaroid that spits out a photo from the front. It’s not the kind that you shake. This is the kind that you pull the photo out from the side and wait a bit before tearing off the wrapper. Oddly, Fuji (God bless ’em) still makes film for these.
After to tear away the wrapper, you’ve got yourself a fairly typical picture. With the 250, it actually looks really sharp. But for this bit of fun, you’ll want to retain the “wrapper.” This is actually the negative. But when you look at it, all it appears to be is a big black rectangle. That’s because the back of the negative has been coated black. This blackness must be removed.
To do this, I taped the negative to a piece of glass (photo-side down) and doused it in a bit of Clorox. I took a sponge and coaxed the black coating away. After a bit, you’ve got yourself a big ol’ negative. Let it dry and scan it in with a negative scanner.
This is the result. The gloppy swirls are from where the crappy tape I used was eaten away by the bleach. But the effect is interesting enough.
For more on this, you can check out this post, if you like.