Polaroid Soup Photography

Polaroid Soup

Polaroid Soup

Polaroid Soup Adventures

I’ve been delving into the weird and wonderful word of Polaroid soup the past month or so, and thought I’d share a little about with you. Mainly because it’s really good fun! If you’re the owner of any type of Polaroid camera you should definitely give it a go. So what exactly is it I hear you say? Well, it’s basically throwing your freshly taken Polaroid picture into anything that could potentially add a bit of colour or distortion to it… or ruin it, be warned!  Ingredients I’ve used so far include bath salts, Hendersons Relish, tumeric, food colouring, platinum hair shampoo, tea bags, and lemon juice. There are no hard and fast rules to this, everything I’ve tried has come out very differently which is why it’s so much fun.

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Souping Method

Things you will need:

A sharp crafting knife. Boiling water. A board to cut your Polaroid on. Whatever ingredients you want to try. A bowl. I’d highly recommend an apron and gloves if you’re heading down the food colouring route, it can get quite messy!

So you have all your ingredients ready, now take a Polaroid. As soon as you have taken it carefully cut the Polaroid along the crease on the back. You can choose either the top, bottom, or both. I’ve tried all of them with varying results. Now throw whatever ingredients you have into your bowl place the Polaroid in there, and pour boiling water over it. Swish it around in there for a few minutes. Alternatively you can take it out and slightly manipulate the cuts you have made in the back. This will let the liquid and ingredients in. A warning with this; if you’re a little too enthusiastic at this stage it can go horribly wrong…speaks the voice of experience.

It’s up to you when to remove the Polaroid from the soup. I’ve tried leaving them in a long time, and taking them out quite quickly. It’s a bit of trial and error, but when you get a good result it’s pretty damn joyful!

Polaroid Soup

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I’ve started a little  Instagram account for my soup adventures, so if you have any questions please get in touch. Ooh and if you have a go yourself, please share with me 🙂

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