Testing … Testing …

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 | 4 Comments

I’ve been fortunate to test several incarnations of instant film produced by The Impossible Project, and it never gets old. It’s rare in this day and age to have an opportunity to work with a photography process that’s truly experimental, and I’m hyper-aware of how special it is to be trusted with a task like this.

Jake wrote a beautiful summary of the past year of developments (no pun intended) in Impossible films, so I won’t duplicate it here. The point is that PX680, Impossible’s new 600-compatible film, is here. It’s still in test/development phase, but the first flush will be available soon. And it’s amazing.

PX680 test film: Carroll Creek PX680 test film: Alley PX680 test film: Violets

I shot these images in mid-February with a pack of the test film. I’m in the midst of shooting more test film from a subsequent batch, and the problem causing the white specks has been remedied. Stay tuned for more PX680 samples over the next few days … I’ll post additional images once I have an opportunity to scan everything.

In the meantime, check out the PX680 group on Flickr for more (and better) test film examples. For fun, you might like to see my test photos of the very first Impossible color film, taken in June 2010. We’ve come a long way, baby.


  1. Rachel
    March 27, 2011

    There are so many amazing photos in the Flickr group. If you ask me this is just one big middle finger to all the naysayers.

    My current pre-IP film stash is down to only three boxes, and while I’m a bit sad about that, these results really make me all giddy.

    The film just keeps getting better!

    • Jess
      March 27, 2011

      I’ve had the same thoughts about the naysayers. While they continue to whine, the Impossible films improve and we get the incredible experience of shooting with it while it’s in development. :-)

  2. nicolle
    March 27, 2011

    oh man i seriously can’t wait to get my hands on a pack of that stuff. i heart the impossible project so much!!!!

  3. Mike
    March 29, 2011

    Thanks for posting these Jess (the lead image was already in my flickr favorites!)

    The excitement around this new film and the PX 600 black frame convinced me to plunk down money on an SX-70 so I can join the fun.

    Can’t wait!


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