Messy borders

Horse pals

Jane & Will - group in 669

Once I had wings

Hill's Cafe

Manipulating instant pack film by hand often produces eerie and surreal effects. In the above photos, expired peel-apart film has been played with to let the chemicals bleed messily onto its borders. This unpredictable process is always a bit of a gamble, and everything from the temperature, pressure applied, and age of the film itself will decide what you’re left with in the end.

To see more instant film gems and get insight into the making of these photographs, be sure to check out the Messy Border and Polaroid -COLOR- (Instant Peel Apart film only) groups.

Photos from nepumug, shaneoneill77, strangeness_, Loss of Light, bghfilm, and abdukted1456.