As a long time fan of expired film, I have been avidly stockpiling Polaroid peel-apart (packfilm) for years.
In February 2008 Polaroid announced it would cease production of all instant film in 2009, happily the Impossible Project stepped up to try to save Polaroid from the technological scrap heap. The Impossible Project will be putting their own version of Polaroid Integral film into production this year in 2010.
My hopes that someone would wave their magic wand and save the day for packfilm as well, are still very much in the air, there are rumours that packfim will be saved as well as the integral 600 type films. There have been a few hopeful statements from save polaroid and the impossible project recently.
I have stockpiled of a decent quantity of Polaroid Packfilm over the years, avidly snapping up boxes everwhere I saw them, just in case nobody stepped up to save this form of polaroid. Most of the boxes expired back in 2007 or 2008 and a lot of it has been stored in dubious ways by previous owners. It therefore, remains to be seen what pictures can be made with the my hoarded pola-stash.
I have spent a lot of time deliberating about how best to use my hoard, feeling that I should try to do some meaningful with the last of it rather than just shoot randomly until it has gone.
My plan is to say my own goodbye to my hoard of expired old skool Polaroid Packfilm by shooting a polaroid picture a day for the whole of 2010, using up my expired peel-apart stockpile once and for all.