These are collages made from discarded instant film prints. Most of these discarded prints are the detritus left when making instant film transfers. When making transfers, the peel-apart Fuji film (very similar to Polaroid film, which is no longer made) is peeled prematurely, and the usually discarded paper backing is placed face down on a receiving surface and pressure applied to transfer the dyes containing the image. This process leaves a print which has very little visible image (as the dyes have not transferred to the print), but often has interesting textures and colors.
The alternative process photo class I taught last fall made instant film lifts and transfers, and I gathered up a bunch of the discarded prints. The prints are small (about 3.75 X 4.25 inches), and I was interested in making mini-collages on them.
The small size works well with the uncluttered, minimal feel I've been aiming for with my recent collages.
I also like the white borders which frame the collages and emphasizes the photographic origins of these pieces.