5 things I love about Polaroid

Here is my bold take: Polaroid is fun. It is unique, unusual and …(wait for it) instant!

I came to shooting Polaroid through my love to film photography. I was curious to try other film formats, and eventually turned my attention to instant.

Your story may be different. But with instant photography it doesn’t really matter. Polaroid can appeal to any photo enthusiast.

Let me show what I mean by sharing 5 things I love about Polaroid.

I believe these are great reasons for you to try it too.

1. Instant gratification

You love immediate results like in digital? Me too.

With Polaroid you get as close to digital immediacy as possible. Though film has taught me some patience I wouldn’t say no to seeing my picture right away.

Modern instant emulsion still requires some time to develop in the dark but hey, 10 minutes are a small price to pay. Especially when the result is not your typical negative. It is a…

2. Physical print

This is one of the coolest features of Polaroid. It gives you a real print of your photo!

Say what you will, but printing you photos is special and I would argue important. It allows you to see your work from a new perspective.

We carry hundreds of photos in our phones but how often do you open the gallery app to browse through them?

Put your Polaroid print on a fridge and you will enjoy that picture any time you pass by.

3. Vintage look

I fancy the instant look a lot.

It is unique and recognizable, especially if you had seen Polaroids before.

This colour palette gives me some nostalgia vibes. Though my family didn’t have a Polaroid camera back in the day, it’s my mid-90’s childhood all over again!

4. Ease of use

Polaroid cameras are very simple and easy to use. My son could snap a picture when he was 4!

The film itself comes in very handy cartridges and your chances of loading them the wrong way are very slim.

Analogue photography may not always be friendly to newcomers. There is a thing or two you’ll need to learn first.

With Polaroid you don’t need that. Most of the time.

You will need a certain amount of skill to nail those pictures right though but the learning curve is quite shallow.

5. Originality

“Be original. Be Polaroid.”

This was (and maybe still is) Polaroid’s slogan several years ago and I couldn’t agree more.

Everything about the Polaroid experience is different from your common photography.

Cameras attract attention and spark conversations, trust me.

The pictures look special and they are unique in the very sense of the word: the photo you have is the only copy there is.

Also, who in this world of smartphones and DSLRs would choose to shoot this? Only a very original artistic soul.


Well, there you have it. Major reasons that motivate me to pick that OneStep camera of mine and snap a pack once in a while. Like I said, Polaroid is fun.

And I’m curious to know what you think? Do you shoot Polaroid and why? Why not?

Disorganised

This is how I feel about my photography right now and it shows. I’ve had these two rolls of Fuji Superia 400 in my drawer for 9 months before I developed them and scanned today. Nine months! That’s a whole pregnancy right here. Why it took so long you wonder?

Well, no serious reasons to be honest. First my colour chemistry started failing and I didn’t want these rolls to come out wacky. So I had to order a new set. It took time to arrive, then it took time to mix it which literally happened yesterday.

All these steps don’t take months to complete but they did in my case because I wasn’t organised enough.

As a result, I have a practically expired film with signs of bad treatment: grain, washed-out colours etc. I don’t care that much about those esthetically but it just bums me out that all this fresh chemistry was used for some tired film to receive some subpar results. I’m disappointed not in the film but in myself.

When you leave a roll on a shelf for too long

I had a couple of rolls sitting on my shelf for some time, and when I finally processed them several frames had these lines across the picture. At one point I blamed my camera, but then the effect would be consistent across multiple rolls, which was not the case. And then I heard guys on …

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Film Photography and Video Games

I love video games. I don’t write about them here obviously but I’d say I love playing as much as taking pictures. Usually they compete for those bits of free time I get, and there’s no way I could do both at the same time. Unless I start taking photos in games, which is a thing of beauty on its own if you know how to do it properly, and I don’t. Moreover, my photography is mostly film and one would argue there’s no way you can both shoot film and play games.

Well, that someone hasn’t seen the Continuos City project by Gareth Damian Martin. I stumbled on an article about it at Kotaku UK and was blown away.

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Enjoying the sunset

Living by the sea was never my dream or goal, it just happened that we live on the coast. That’s why, I guess, we don’t go there very often. But once in a while, it is so relaxing and calming to come and enjoy the sound of waves and the view of the mountains lit by the setting sun….

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At the exhibition

Nikon F3, Nikkor 35-70mm, Fuji Superia 400 (expired)
Nikon F3, Nikkor 35-70mm, Fuji Superia 400 (expired)

Let me frame it for you:

1.

Earlier this week I read this wonderful post about one of my favourite street photographers Matt Stuart. There is also a video with him talking about some of his photos and the way he works. Strangely enough, only now I’ve realized that I’ve never googled any videos with him myself, but anyway.

Matt Stuart had a huge influence on me at the time I started. Even now looking at his works I feel this urge to grab my camera and get out there to shoot some great street pics. Just like his! I guess his ability to see paradox, irony, and humour in our ordinary life resonates with what I like about surroundings, and what I’d like to see in my pictures.

This one above was taken in Riga, Latvia near the railroad station. There was some kind of open-air exhibition and I just happened to be there and take some photos. I don’t know about you, but I can see some glimpses of Stuart’s style here, considering doves and legs 😉 or maybe it’s just my emotional bias (probably).

2.

Though I missed the photo challenge last week this one is about frames, which are aplenty in this photo. In all kinds of interpretation.

3.

I just personally like this picture no matter how good or bad it seems to others. Regardless comparisons to masters or haute street photography. And I decided to show it to you.