Looking at my increasingly dwindling supply of Polaroid film and feeling quite depressed at the thought of never being able to get my hands on any ever again, I turned to the internet and reminded myself of the The Impossible Project and their quest to reproduce Polaroid film by next year. This week the FT has run a very interesting piece about the Project and the people who are working on it.
This is the first piece I have read which actually brings the factory and the people who work there to life and is well worth a read.
I owe my love of instant film to Susannah Conway who writes the inspirational 'Ink on my fingers' blog and who showed me her SX-70 Land Camera and later taught me how to use mine! Since then I have worked my way through piles of film and spent a small fortune!
I have also amassed a small collection of cameras including 2 SX-70's , 2 Instant 100'0's and a groovy brown Instant 500! These have been adapted to use the 600 format film which is now unavailable except at inflated prices on Ebay where many sellers are exploiting the demise of this film.
The only surviving photograph which I own of me and my best friend from 1981 is a Polaroid. Sadly she died four years ago and I treasure this picture and hope to find someone who can restore it and somehow preserve it.
Polaroid has a magical ethereal quality to it, lending even the most mundane objects a dreamy vintage feel. Luckily for me it also works beautifully with garden photography. Polaroid is a perfect film for the summer too, adding warmth and depth and responding to sunlight.
Once you get bitten by the Polaroid bug you can never ever get over it. That is why I (and many others like me) are hoping and praying that the Impossible Project will come good with the new film by next year and not consign many lovely old cameras to the bin.