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SOMETIMES MICROWAVABLE POLAROID FILM IS WHAT’S FOR DINNER
As a kid, you remember putting your TV dinner in the microwave for a little bit longer than you were suppose to, or maybe not getting the settings right, and then having the peas taste like burnt popcorn, the chicken was extremely rubbery at this point, and well, the only thing worth eating in the plate after that were the mashed potatoes; might as well throw the whole thing away. Well, who knew that when you overcook something in the microwave, such as film perhaps, the overcooking can end up working wonders and instead comes out like a work of art. This is one TV dinner you want to hold on to!
German photographer Oliver Blohm probably had to eat many “burnt peas” before finding the perfect setting. After falling in love with instant film, but encountering a few problems along the way– with the developing taking anywhere from 30-45mins– Blohm set out to find a way to speed-up the process.
In a series he calls Hatzfrass/Fast Food, Blohm set out to reinvent Polaroid film processing using a microwave and a shield that is based on a wet carton and glass, shortening the development back to 2-3mins. One of the most unique things about Blohm’s project is that you don’t need filters, presets or actions for a cool effect, you’ll get textures, burned sections, odd shapes, and acid washed colors out of it.