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Addicted to Polaroid cameras June 27, 2009

Filed under: art,photography — dezzie @ 8:48 pm
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I’ve got about 10 Polaroid cameras at home, all bought on flee markets when I was a student. I love the objects and I love the pictures. But in the last few years it had become more and more difficult to find some of the film and Polaroid has finally announced that it will stop making film. Some people like Jamie Bayliss have decided to react and try to convince another company to produce the films. She’s created this website: savethepolaroid.com where you can submit your pictures.

savepolaroids.com

There’s also many groups on Flickr: Save Polaroid, ‘Roid Week 2009, Polaroid Miniportrait.

As a kid I was playing the “not-breathing” game, holding my breath (or trying really hard to) while looking at the picture appearing on the paper. If I was to breathe, maybe the picture would not appear… that’s what I believed. My addiction really started  after seeing Wim Wender’s movie: Alice in the cities. In the beginning of the movie, one of the main character a German journalist  (played by Rüdiger Vogler) stands on a pier and takes instant snapshots of the scenery. His camera is a Polaroid SX-70,  as soon as I saw it, I just failed in love with it. The camera itself is fascinating with it’s folding body, it adds to the magic. I was lucky enough to find one for a very cheap price (10 euros) 6 years ago in Groningen (in the North of the Netherlands). I love the pictures it takes and regrets that I don’t have any film left at the moment.