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My Own Analogue Polaroids.

9 Jan

Once upon a time there was a man called Ken, he owned the most beautiful Polaroid camera. He shot his Polaroids of his life and had many fun times snapping away gaining the snap-shot memories of his life. However, times soon moved on and Ken packed away his Polaroid camera into the depths of his cupboard and moved onto his next new photographic toy. The camera got left there for years and years and years, until one day, a young girl called Becky became interested in Polaroid. Ken announced that somewhere in the depths of his cupboard he owned a Polaroid camera. He searched the cupboard high and low and dusted off a black Polaroid camera bag. Sat inside was Ken’s Polaroid camera. He said ” Oh young Rebecca you  can have it, I don’t use it anymore!”. The young girl Becky thought all her Christmas’ came at once, she now owned a Polaroid camera. She purchased some film (which wasn’t cheap) and was ever so excited to try her new toy. She shot her 8 not so cheap Polaroids and was disappointed with her results. The images didn’t come out how she imagined and wondered whether she used the camera right, the film somehow fogged or whether she is actually a dense blonde that likes to think she knows what she is doing. Since this day she has been too scared to buy some more film in fear that she will waste another large sum of money. So lets hope she lives happily ever after and plucks up the courage to purchase more film and produce some Polaroids that she is proud of!

Photograph of the young girl’s Polaroid camera:

Below are the young Becky’s failed Polaroids:


Before her Polaroid camera:

7/8 years before having the Polaroid Land camera, Becky was given a FujiFilm Instax Mini 10 camera by her mummy and daddy, which works in a similar way to a Polaroid whereby the film ejects from the camera after exposure. What was special with this particular instant camera was that the film is the size of a credit card. It’s mini and extremely easy to use.

Having had the mini Fuji beforehand, Becky purchased a more modern version of the Polaroid Camera herself. This was the FujiFilm Instax Wide 210 Camera. She loves this camera even though it doesn’t follow Polaroid characteristics in terms of the film size and final image, but you are more likely to have a better exposed image, which kinda takes the Polaroid aesthetics away but is still has its own aesthetic and appeal.

Becky’s FujiFilm Instax Wide 210 camera images:

The FujiFilm Instax Wide 210 camera is more like the digital Polaroids I produce on my iPhone because of the heightened guarantee  that you’ll produce an image that is clear. The only obvious difference is the varying sizes of the digital Polaroid and the unconventional wide size of the Fuji Instax 210 film.

The differences among the Polaroid and FujiFilm can be seen when purchasing the film. Polaroid withdrew the Polaroid instant film, however, was redeveloped by The Impossible Project and they retail the film from £16/17 (excluding the £7.95 delivery charge!) for 8 single exposures. The FujiFilm on the other hand, retail their film from about £15/16 (in some cases including delivery) for 20 single exposures. The economical differences between these two types of film alone can be seen.

When introducing the digital Polaroids however, the economical differences can also be seen further. Digital is an age whereby printing digital images can cost next to nothing compared to the analogue technology. You don’t necessarily need to print the images but instantly share them in social networks and photo forums/blogs. The cost can instantly disappear. Even choosing to print from home computers now costa very little in comparison.

Although the digital is cheap and are more likely to get a clearly exposed image, it for me takes the analogue magic away. I like to be able to take the photograph with the original camera and watch the image develop before you. There is nothing like it. No digital App will ever effect me the same way analogue does. There is a certain sense of achievement when you do mange to achieve that one photograph that is amazing!! So for me…analogue all the way!!


21st Century Polaroid.

5 Dec

Technology has changed a lot over the years since the original Polaroid and those developments have not stopped. I was doing some research into instant photography and Polaroid and came across something that shocked me at first, but having looked at it online I am now intrigued by it. This research resulted in me becoming face-to-face with a new Polaroid camera…a new DIGITAL Polaroid camera.

Below is the new Polaroid Z-340 camera, which is being introduced as the new instant camera. The camera has a high quality 14 megapixel camera, with an additional 2.7″ LCD display that allows you to see the image before you print it. The concept of placing film (or in this case paper) into the camera and the image is then ejected from the camera after taking the shot is still there, however, with this camera there is a delay between taking the camera and it then materialising as a physical image. As this Polaroid camera is digital it has features like an ordinary digital camera, for instance being able to dismiss and delete a photo before committing yourself to the finished artefact. Surely this fundamentally goes against what Polaroid is all about? Polaroid is a snap shot tool to capture things in the moment, to to capture something that could take several tries to get what is wanted. With this in mind, I’m stupidly finding myself drawn to the camera and its uses and modern perks. You can even choose to place the original Polaroid border around the image before you have it printed. It’s a strange phenomena, but I’m strangely drawn to it, even though I’m more of an original, analogue type girl.

A minor downside to this particular camera is that it retails at £229.99 (without paper), paper costing an additional £14.99 for 30 sheets, which in hindsight is cheaper than purchasing the original Polaroid film that retails at approx. £17 (plus p+p) for just 8 exposures. Digital has taken another lead into being a cheaper option to the original analogue approach.

Modern Polaroid.

30 Nov

Modern technology, I don’t understand! It strives, at times, to mimic the aesthetic of analogue. If people wanted so much to have photographs that looked analogue then why not just use analogue? We have the materials, however, people decide not to use it. This is why such materials, like Polaroid get to the stages of ceased production. People get lazy in using the genuine artefacts and use what is to hand, such as mobile phones. Using modern technologies has taken over modern society and the convenience is near enough immediate.

On my iPhone for example, there  are numerous apps that allow the aesthetics of an authentic polaroid photographic image. I have one called ‘ShakeItPhoto’, it is a mimic of a polaroid that allows you to take a photo (or use an existing photograph), shake the image so that it develops that then forms a finished digital Polaroid. If wanted, you can then send the image via e-mail, multi-media message or even upload to social networking sites. These are some of my digital Polaroids:

Like anything there are numerous companies that produce similar software in order for you to do this. Even Polaroid has created its own digital rendition of the original instant Polaroid fashion. These are a couple screen shots taken from the iPhone App Store of the Polariod Instant Cam app: