At this year’s Grand Meetup, my friend and coworker Marcus gave me an old Polaroid camera and a bunch of expired film. I haven’t used Polaroids much in the past, but it feels good to be shooting film again. And while it wasn’t designed to create award winning photographs, the “instant” Polaroid camera offers a fun, unique experience.
You hit the shutter. The flash goes off. You can hear the mechanics processing the photo. Then, out comes a single sheet. The picture isn’t visible at first, but it slowly fades in until it’s clear. And you can see the moment that you just captured. A split second, frozen. In this day of digital media, it’s nice to have something physical you can pin to the wall, stick to the fridge, or give to a friend. There’s only a single copy. No tagging, no reposts. Just a single, personal keepsake.
I’ve been bringing my Polaroid most places I go lately. I’ve taken pictures at the Grand Meetup, Bear Ranch, and Alanna’s birthday party. You can check out some of them in the gallery below.