This is my first Roid Week and no, I don’t need cream for that. Roid week happens a couple of times a year and it’s all about Polaroid enthusiasts coming together to share their work and their love of the medium. Check out some of the genius in the gallery here.
When I picked up my Polaroid SX-70 (on EBay) I also ordered some film from The Impossible Project, who are re-engineering film for old Polaroid cameras. God love them.
My adventures with my lovely Pola have been frustrating at times. The film is temperamental and I have yet to get the right sense of how light works with my camera, not to mention focus issues (perhaps I should’ve started with a more automatic type of camera). That said, I’m so drawn the the colours and the soft edges that you get with Polaroid that I am willing to learn by trial and error (even though each “error” costs me about $3 in film!).
The shot above was my first success and I hope to burn through less film as I go along. I’m definitely not giving up on digital. I still love what I can do with my “big” camera. But the Polaroid is a completely different way of shooting. Composition is king since there is no going back to fix things in post-processing. Patience is also king because the film needs to develop upside down for several minutes before it can be exposed to light. Very different from the click and peek of digital photography.
So I’ll be sharing more Polaroids as we go along but here are my Roid Week submissions so far