I ordered four boxes of the new Fuji Instax Mini Monochrome from Amazon, but for some reason, they only sent me one? I loaded the cassette into my Neo Classic, and me being me, burnt the entire ten sheets within half an hour – so, I hope Amazon have more of this instant film on the way because I like it. A lot.
I’ve looked forward to the release of this film, the only other black and white instant film I’ve used, Impossible Project’s reincarnation of Polaroid, but I wasn’t too keen on that due to its chronic instability and unpredictability. Instax Monochrome behaves pretty much how I’d imagined it would – despite its various modes the Neo is, basically, wholly automatic – the only real control is the ability to override the flash and increase/decrease the exposure (with the lighten/darken mode)
All the images here we produced about an hour before sunset, in a north-facing window lit room. The three of Hannah in the fetal position I exposed as follows – auto flash/no adjustments, auto flash/+1 lightened and flash off/no adjustments – to be honest, I like the look of them all. The last image, the face-on portrait of Hannah, I think pushed the limits of this film.
The one thing I neglected was the double exposure mode, I’ve used it before with the colour film and been a little disappointed, however, I feel the mono version will lend itself to the function quite well.
There is one downside to this Japanese mono emulsion – here in the UK, a single ten shot pack of mono is about £13 – a twin pack of ten shots in the colour version is roughly the same price.