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The Darkslide

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Darkslides are the pleasant pieces of paper ejected from a Polaroid camera every time a new film cartridge is inserted. Since the Polaroid integral film was invented in 1972, the darkslides have served only one purpose: To protect the precious film underneath. Now that the geniuses at the Impossible Project have resurrected the Polaroid medium, the darkslide has become a work of art.

The Impossible Project and Alice Severin, a design student at Zurich University of the Arts, turned the darkslides into collectible cards. The first batch of cards was called “61 Impossible Projects.” Each one features a thought-provoking saying and a number. Here are some my favorites:

— stand on a rainbow
— see nothing in a mirror
— dream about dreaming a dream

Months ago I bought a pack of film for my Polaroid SX-70. The camera is a temperamental and timeless relic. Although most of the film didn’t develop well, I salvaged this righteous darkslide. Enjoy.

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