I've been having a little experiment with instant film. I love the process of taking instant film - totally reminds me of my childhood and when we got our first Polaroid (all my Christmas memories from the seventies have a yellow tinge, I'm sure that's why!) - and watching the image develop. Truly, it's like magic!
I have an instax mini which is a great little camera and my daughter, especially, loves it. She's used it to take photos of her friends for her friendship book (as she goes off to junior school next term) and children and parents alike have squealed with delight and crowded round to see photos developing in the playground. You've got to love that!
Recently a friend gave me her old Polaroid and some expired film to have a play with. So far, so yellow (which, as I say, is kind of how I remember it!).
So far, this selfie is my favourite shot. Mainly because I think the yellow kind of works and makes me look suntanned (I'm not - as you can see from my hands and feet!).
I've had very mixed results with the rest. Some of the film has emulsified (so google tells me!) and I think yellowness can be a feature of expired film. Focus is also proving rather tricky.
My experience in a nutshell:
- instant film is really fun, be it vintage Polaroid or the new instant cameras
- the credit card size of the instax mini are adorable and they are brilliant for kids who can see instant results
- watching instant film develop is really fun whether you're a kid or not
- making myself think about getting composition right first time is a really good exercise (I am someone who creates a lot of shots to get the one image!)
- instant film is expensive (really expensive for Polaroid)
- results can be really random
- light is vital - and (for me) difficult to get right, especially with a flash that seems to go off whatever the conditions
- I really like processing and kind of miss that with instant
Ultimately, Polaroid is expensive but just as fun as I remember it. I'm going to get a couple of packs of Polaroid film from the Impossible Project, take them on holiday, have some fun and see what I get. We'll see what happens. It's always fun to try something new, no?
To see how it should be done here a couple of links - there are thousands more and lots to see on flickr too:
Mortal Muses - who have polaroid week going on at the minute
So, tell me. What's your experience with instant film?
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