Impossible Project and Polaroid Integral Comparison

I have worked with instant film for almost all of my career. In 1975 I began working with SX-70 film that predated Time Zero and was capable of amazing manipulations. I returned to SX-70 in 2004 and began a series of images I called SX-70 splits. Printing 6×6 transparencies on a DayLab 120 with an SX-70 back, I split the images open as they developed, scanned them and digitally printed the results. When Impossible Project’s film came out in 2010 I was eager to experiment. I have begun experimenting with both the PX 600 Silver Shade and the PX 680 Color Shade. I have also brought my DayLab 120 and SX-70 base out of storage and intend to run a series of experiments, both on normal film performance and of course the manipulation potential of these new materials. I will post these results on this blog as well as creating some videos detailing my experiments.
First up, a probably never before seen comparison of Time Zero, Artistic TZ and PX 680. In fairness to Polaroid’s TZ it is nearly six years out of date and its color has shifted greatly. Artistic TZ, a film Polaroid produced only once as it closed down utilizes the negative of Polacolor 669 with an integral sheet. The idea was to produce a surface manipulable film, but it was no TZ, I am sorry to say. It did have an interesting palette however. So here you are the three films together with a constant subject, once again a transparency printed with the DayLab 120 with SX-70 base.

©2011 John Reuter