My first instant memory; I am 2 years old, it’s my birthday, all my loved ones are here and granny pulls out this strange looking camera I’ve never seen before out of her bag, all excited about her new purchase she hand it to my dad asking him to take a family portrait just before I blow the candles.
28 years later, two loved ones from this photo are no longer alive, and as for me… I inherited that same camera and took about one million polaroids with it between the years 2003-2008 until polaroid sadly stopped the 600 film production.
It’s hard not to fall in love with instant photography, and since 2008 I’ve been trying to recreate the feeling I used to get whenever I shot with my beloved Sun 360… I tried a couple of “new school” 600 film packs from The Impossible Project, but it just wasn’t the same for me… so I let it go and stopped shooting instant for a very long time.
That was, until I discovered the magical Type 100 Film. being a die hard Fuji fan, I got my hands on a few cheap, plastic made Polaroid Land cameras and started playing around with them. I liked it. A LOT.
unfortunately, my 4 Land cameras never quite satisfied me quality wise… they were, to I put it nicely, complete and utter SHITE.
Back in August, I came across an article who knocked me off my chair – a decently made Land cameras actually exist, oh joy! I got all excited over shooting instant again and knew I have to get me one of these cleverly built machines.
A little research and I came up with the perfect camera to satisfy my instant needs – the Polaroid Land 250! much cheaper than my dream camera, the 180 (oh well, sometimes you have to compromise) but still rocking a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder and other awesome specs. I had to import it from ‘Merica cuz them filthy brits doesn’t have them round here, so two weeks and minus 150$ later that babe was sitting nicely on my lap.
After a few mechanical tweaks we were ready to hit the road, and ever since than I’m a happy snapper.
she’s all I wanted and more, that feeling is starting to come back and as for the pictures, well, they look fucking amazing compare to every other instant camera I was shooting with in the past, sharp and focused!
There’s one more thing I have to get my hands on before my instant kit will be complete and that is the Polaroid 581A portrait lens, which unfortunately you can only get on eBay, there’s a very limited amount of them up for grabs, and they’re all located in the US/AU, which make things a bit harder for me… but that’s the life of a camera nerd I guess! so I’m currently hunting for the right deal because the current 114mm lens is pretty restricting (but still, highly enjoyable)
Here are some Polaroids I took recently: