I'm a film photographer at heart. I may use 99% digital at the moment but for me nothing can beat the experience of winding that spool, processing that film or being in a darkroom. And when it comes to instant photography - Polaroid is king. Ok so Instagram may be able to replicate vintage styles but there's something about the chemical squidge, the potential for error and the physical act of carrying about the huge chunk of plastic that is the Polaroid camera that can't be replaced.
My first Polaroid camera was gifted to me in the form of the Highlander rollfilm and ever since I've been hooked. In 2007 I bought a Polaroid 600 camera from eBay while studying in New York and hearing that film was to be discontinued, I bought 30 packs of film priced between $10 and $30 per 10 pack. It's now 2012 and I have managed to be so economical that this week I opened my last pack. Its 2 years out of date but cold climates have preserved them beautifully. I must be honest, when I opened my fridge and found only one left I did panic slightly.
Ever since the announcement from Polaroid that they were to continue solely in the digital world, a collective named 'The Impossible Project' undertook the task of replicating Polaroid film in a completely new, commercially viable way. 4 years later and they've done just that. This week I will order two of the experimental film packs - one colour, one black and white.
Fingers crossed it does the job.