I recently received a cold clip from The Impossible Project. I’ve blogged in the past about the original cold clip that Polaroid included with their Colorpack Land Cameras. This version is designed for use with PX-70 SX-70 films from Impossible.
This handy gadget includes a stylus for emulsion manipulations-maybe future Impossible films will lend themselves to this- I don’t think the current Impossible films do so particularly well. The emulsion is likely not soft enough. But it also has built-in temperature sensors to let you know when it’s too cold, too warm, or just right.
It can warm up the emulsion after a few minutes in your pocket, or under your arm. Doing so will also yield a warmer looking exposure. I decided to give this a try on a recent SX-70 photowalk to Bancroft Tower in Worcester, MA, where I shot some Portra 160 a little more than a year ago. Anyways, with some PX-70 Color Protection, here is the tower without cold clip warming-
And here is virtually the same perspective, this shot warmed with the cold clip in my pocket-
They both have very unique looks, leaving it solely to the photographer’s discretion as to whether to cold clip the exposure, or not. This is a very well made accessory, coming in its own leather pouch. It works extremely well.