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Impossible Dry Age Kit

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  • Comes with 2 silica gel packs
  • Humidity indicator
  • Reusable air-tight bag stores 8-10 images
  • Recommended for use with Impossible black & white films only
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This kit contains a scientifically and long-term tested application of the Dry Age procedure which enhances the results of your Impossible images, guarantees the highest improvements in picture stability and drastically reduces unwanted aging alterations over time.

From the Manufacturer

Dry Age Kit step 1
Insert silica packets and indicator into foil bag...
Dry Age Kit step 2
...along with 8-10 frames of film.
Dry Age Kit step 3
Store frames in the sealed bag for up to 4 weeks.
Dry Age Kit step 4
Silica packets can be re-charged! See instructions for more.
The Impossible Dry Age Kit

Impossible manufactures many different products that support our customers' efforts to get the most out of instant analog photography and their vintage Polaroid camera.

How to Use your Dry Age Kit

The Dry Age Kit is recommended for all Impossible films, but primarily the Silver Shade line of monochrome films, like PX 600 Silver Shade UV+ and PZ 600 Silver Shade UV+. To maintain the tonal qualities of the image as soon as it has fully developed, it is critical to store images in a Dry Age Kit. Alterations in exposed images can occur especially when kept in warm or humid conditions, as the film is prone to humidity in it's drying phase.

The included airtight bag is capable of storing 8-10 images at a time along with the two silica desiccant packets and humidity indicator. You should store your images in the kit for 2-4 weeks to guarantee their long-term preservation. You are free to take the images out at any time to view or share with friends. Simply return them to the Dry Age Kit for the duration.

The humidity indicator strip will alert you when it's time to recharge your Dry Age Kit. Follow the included instructions and your single kit will dry and preserve countless images. Or buy new kits and use them for long-term archival storage.

Why do I need to use a Dry Age Kit?

An excellent question! The answer is complicated, so keep reading only if you are really curious.

The chemical process that creates these amazing black & white images is a type of oxidation. Just like rust, only with more pleasing results. And like rust, the process inside your frame of Silver Shade film will keep on going, slowly continuing to oxidize. Warmth and/or humidity feed this oxidation and prevent the thorough drying of the chemistry. In other words, the film "breathes in" any ambient humidity and continues processing, sometimes many days or even weeks after it was initially made.

This continued processing will start to show after a few days, first with an overall yellowing of the light areas, then with a mottling and orange tinting in the darker areas. In particularly humid or hot conditions, this may ultimately lead to the image separating from the clear top sheet in a way that looks like crystals have grown on the image.

The Dry Age Kit prevents additional humidity from getting into the film, and slowly draws out remaining moisture, allowing the image to fully dry and fix for the long term. You will be able to feel the difference between dry and undried images. Dry images are rigid and feel like they will crack when bent too far. Undried images remain very flexible.

But Do I Really NEED a Dry Age Kit?

The answer to this question depends on what sort of image you want to make.

Impossible films encourage experimentation and artistic expression in ways that even we can never even imagine when we make it. Many fans have praised the very anomalies described above, with some users purposely storing the images in very humid conditions. Every day, one finds amazing and beautiful work from people who push the boundaries of Impossible film far past the breaking point.

If you like the image as soon as you see it appear and never wish it to change, you'll appreciate the Dry Age Kit. If, instead, you want to see where the film takes you, then by all means - explore.

About Impossible

Since taking over the former Polaroid film factory in Enschede, Netherlands, in 2008, Impossible celebrates analog instant photography by passionately manufacturing various new instant films for vintage Polaroid cameras. The unique and exciting Impossible films push analog instant photography beyond all traditional limits and offer a new, broad range of possibilities, characteristics and results.

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