PolaroidPolaroid 100 Chocolate

One of the last things Polaroid did was produce a number of different films to use up final stacks of chemicals before that shut down the factories for good. Among these films was Polaroid 100 Chocolate, perhaps single most favourite film ever! Polaroid 100 Chocolate was an example of what is often called pack film, peal-apart film or Type 100 film (after the original film type numbers from when Polaroid launch pack film in the 1963 such as 107 and 108 film). This is the kind of film you pull out of the camera and then wait 60 seconds (or whatever the correct time was for the type of film you were using) before peeling apart the negative and print materials to reveal your photograph.

Polaroid 100 Chocolate was made using a combination of old colour negative material and b&w print material. The result is a monochrome print with a distinctive brown/orange colour. The result is unlike anything else I have seen! Most of these photographs were shot using a Polaroid 195 camera.

I still have one box of Polaroid 100 Chocolate film left, but I love this film so much that using my last pack (and risking wasting it on rubbish photographs) is psychologically really difficult, even though not using at all amounts to the same thing!

If you're wondering about the mottled, purplish frame on most of these photographs, that is due to a technique called "back peeling". When you peel the film normally a paper frame comes off with the back of the negative to leave a clean white border (see the last 2 photographs in this gallery). But if you peel the negative off from the back that paper frame is left in place to give the purplish border.

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