06 April 2008

Polaroid instant film going the way of the dodo

As soon as I heard that Polaroid was stopping production on it's world-famous instant film, I felt sad. Although there are many die-hard fans who are more distraught, I will miss it.

I have to concede that between the bulky chemical laden prints and the battery-included film cartridges, Polaroid's instant film could be the most environmentally unfriendly film on the market.

Still, the whirring snap of an instant photo sticking like a tongue out of one of those distinctive cameras, to me, is a piece of nostalgia.

And I knew I had to get in on some of the last of it. Even grabbed some for my Dad too, although he may be more interested in his new DSLR for the foreseeable future.

So, new (used) camera and film in hand (both from eBay; local stores are sold out) I started snapping last night and continued this morning:

    Galloping Goose Footbridge

      Under the Highway

        Creek Current

          Reflection on the Colquitz

            The Neighbours' Yard

              Mannequin Vanity

                (slightly out of focus)

                For the whole scoop, here's a recent CBC story from February 24:


                1. I love Polaroid's intrinsic greenish tinge. Nice pics. :)

                  By the way, I don't think I complimented you on the new site. I know it's a template, but it's an awfully nice one...good choice!

                2. Dani, did I ever tell you that you're my favourite person? :)

                  Seriously, thanks for the compliment. I can take some credit for modding the header though. Traced and sharpened in Illustrator and added some vector goodies.

                  I'm surprised how much fun I had with the switch, despite fiddling with endless tags and attributes to get the designer's css web template and xml blog template to work together. They look the same on his site, but try lining them up ;)