Polaroids: happy accidents and scraps

A few weeks ago, I went through hundreds of polaroids that I´ve been accumulating since I began to shoot instant film in 2007, with the purpose of finding something worthy to include in my photography portfolio. That was not an easy thing, since I used to keep my polaroids scattered in different places: books, folders, notebooks and empty boxes of film I reuse to store pictures. That particular order made the thing of collecting and classifying my pictures a tedious task that I´ve been avoiding for years. Done it after all, I discovered that one of the most interesting set of pictures are those ones I can´t showcase under a coherent topic. Pictures made with no explicit intention, just taken with the purpose of shooting and enjoying the film. Some of them are pictures I never felt like sharing before. Some others became scraps, failed ideas replaced with a better realization, while some others only suggested the potential of the medium I was exploring with. However, all of them contains to some extent the remarkable features that made me fell in love with instant film, and that is their value. As Voltaire once said: croyez moi mon ami l´erreur aussi a son mérite.

The impossible project film, 600 silver shade
This Silver shade 600 polaroid was unwanted, but a happy accident. Something went wrong in the camera while I was trying to make this double exposure.
The impossible project film Silver shade 600, affected by killer crystals
The impossible-project Silver Shade 600, affected by killer crystals.
Polaroid time-zero instant film, artistic nude
One of my first time-zero pictures, I fell in love with its soft tones.
Polaroid time-zero instant film.
Another one of my first time-zero pictures.
Polaroid time-zero instant film.
Another one of my first time-zero pictures. Lovely colors here.
Polaroid time-zero instant film.
Beautiful time-zero tones for whites here.
Polaroid time-zero instant film.
Time-zero scrap while I was trying to make this poème-objet.
Polaroid time-zero taken under low light conditions
Expired polaroid time-zero taken under low light conditions.
Polaroid time-zero of two hands
Polaroid time-zero (expired), just taken with the purpose of further using the picture for manipulation.
Polaroid time-zero instant film of Cadiz city landscape
An expired polaroid time-zero featuring the city landscape of Cádiz.
Polaroid time-zero instant film
Polaroid time-zero film, expired. Shooting indoors with low light.
Polaroid 779 instant film
Just taken for testing color performance in polaroid 779 film.
Polaroid 779 instant film
Polaroid 779 was one of my favorites for its vibrant color performance.
Polaroid 600 black and white, expired, featuring an undeveloped patch
A very rare polaroid 600 black and white, featuring an undeveloped patch.
Erotic polaroid ID-UV film expired and overexposed
Polaroid ID-UV expired and overexposed.
Polaroid 779 with emulsion manipulated
One of my first time doing emulsion manipulations with integral film. I opened the polaroid and painted it. There´s a project in my portfolio related with that kind of manipulations.
Expired polaroid time-zero instant film
Expired time-zero film featuring its well known flames, completely unpredictable.
Expired polaroid time-zero taken in Parc Güell, Barcelona
Polaroid time-zero featuring marks related to expired film.
Expired polaroid time-zero instant film
Expired time-zero film, reminds me the visual sensations of synesthesia.

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