I guess they still don’t have all of the bugs worked out of the new Polaroid film.
I found a box of color film for the SX-70 from the early days of The Impossible Project so I thought I’d shoot a few and see what happened. Not much happened. The coating must have gotten wonky and the shots came out either blank or mostly blank. Oh well, unpredictable results are part of the fun of shooting old film in old cameras.
Few things trigger my nostalgia meter more than Polaroid cameras and film. It’s not because I spent my childhood shooting Polaroids. I only had access to a Polaroid camera a few times. It’s the idea of Polaroid that I love. It’s the iconic shape of the instant SX-70 photos. It’s the genius of Edwin Land’s design of the SX-70. It’s Andy Warhol.
I bought an original SX-70 several years ago when The Impossible Project (now Polaroid Originals) started making (or trying to make) integrated film. I shot a few boxes and it was fun but the film wasn’t great then. One day the camera just up and stopped working. It sat unused until a few months ago when I shipped it to Matt Widmann at 2nd Shot SX-70 Repair. I received my repaired camera this week and it’s beautiful. The new SX-70 film from Polaroid Originals works well and is as fun as I remember (or imagined).
I’m looking forward to making lots of fun images with this camera.
Polaroid (really The Impossible Project) has a new instant camera: The Polaroid OneStep 2. You bet I pre-ordered one!
Coincidentally, I sent my SX-70 out for repair earlier this week, so I’ll soon be able to shoot instant film with either my original from the 1970s or the brand new one. Film truly is not dead yet.