Saturday, 11 January 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY: POLAROID PICTURES

 I've always had a thing for vintage cameras but I don't have enough money to purchase all the different types. These days, cameras that are more than 10 years old are a collectors piece, and therefore the prices seem to raise the older the camera is.



Polaroid cameras are my favourite of all the instant picture cameras. It's such an iconic brand as well with most people in the 80's to have used one or have been in a polaroid picture.
Sadly, with the increase in mobile phones and digital photographs, instant film cameras were becoming obsolete. Many Polaroid factories across the world were shutting down.

In 2008, a company named IMPOSSIBLE bought the last remaining Polaroid factory in the Netherlands and saves analog instant photography from extinction. These days they make a vast variety of instant film (including the PX680 that I use) for a huge range of Polaroid cameras meaning that 300,000,000 cameras don't have to be decorations.
As well as creating films for the Polaroid cameras, IMPOSSIBLE also set about refurbishing old 80's cameras so that they could be reused today.

I was lucky enough to get a vintage Polaroid from a charity on eBay back in 2012. They claimed that it didn't work as it had no batteries so I got it for a steal of £25. Little did they know that Polaroids don't have batteries as such, rather the film packs have the batteries in them. So all I needed was to buy a film pack and see if it was still function-able; which it was.

My Polaroid is similar to this one and uses 600 film. The only downside to using older cameras is that the price of the film tends to be much higher. A pack of 8 films (as in 8 pictures) can be as high as £30 so you really do need to look around for a bargain. People on eBay sell them but the films have an expiry date and it's not worth buying them from eBay incase they're damaged.
There are two IMPOSSIBLE stores in England - one in London and one in Manchester, however there are other stores throughout the UK who can sell IMPOSSIBLE film and cameras too. See here.

My boyfriend thinks I'm a little crazy for liking Polaroids so much as he thinks they're extinct and aren't worth the money. "Why not print out pictures from your phone?" He says. Well because they don't have the same feel as instant film do they?

As the films are expensive, I only tend to use my camera for 'special' occasions, like holidays and sightseeing. 



Call me crazy, but I like Polaroid pictures and as long as IMPOSSIBLE keep making the films, I'll keep taking the pictures.

Do you like instant film? Do you remember the days of the Polaroid?
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  1. I have a vintage polaroid camera too & love taking pictures with it. The film is crazy expensive - but instant photos are well worth it
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  2. These are gorgeous, I've liked the look of the instax mini that has been floating around :)

    Kate xo | www.beautybabbles.com

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  3. Your boyfriend doesn't know what he's talking about! Polaroids are amazing - I love the instant vintage-y effect you get! Makes the pictures seem more precious somehow (:
    I've got a Fujifilm and the film is kinda expensive so I also only use it on extra special occasions (:
    Only peeve is that you don't know where you're taking so if you click it at the wrong time, there's nothing you can do about it - but I guess that's all part of the fun :P

    Yuen @ The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

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  4. I have an instax as my instant camera and I love it. there's something incredible romantic about capturing the moment and having it physically there, immortalized in a photograph within a couple of moments.

    Charlotte - www.blotandreapply.com xx

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  5. I love polaroids and the smell of them always reminds me of being a kid.

    Cat x

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  6. I love polaroids aswell! After I buy my DSLR I am saving for a Polaroid camera :)

    Lauren | laurenthedaydreamer.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. There really is nothing quite like holding a photograph in your hands :)
    I love the look of polaroid images, I might buy myself the Instax camera though!

    floraldanielle.blogspot.co.uk
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  8. I love my polaroid camera aswell :)

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  9. So jealous really want a polaroid, suggest any? x

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  10. Ooh I love polaroids! I have an old one that I bought off ebay for around £15, and that takes 600 film. (Cannot remember the model at all, and it's back at home!) Have never used it though because of costs! I also have an instax camera though, and have used that one as the credit card sized polaroids are more affordable!

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  11. I love polaroid cameras! They look so gorgeous pinned up all over your wall :)

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  12. I would love a polaroid, such a shame my mums stopped working before I could have the chance to use it!

    XO, Miriam
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  13. This is one thing that I've always wanted to buy! Just such a great way of capturing moments, that feels so much more special than the millions of pictures taken on your phone. I must try and get myself one at some point this year!Great Post!
    Kathleen / Made In The 1990's.

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  14. i always feel like vintage polaroids look more special and 'memory like' than regular pictures. x

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  15. Love this post! I'm really into photographer so I get the whole Polaroid thing, it's like a mini piece of history!

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  16. I love Polaroid. I used to have one as a little' un, they were only small pictures, but you could make them into stickers! Loved it.
    Great post, William is adorable.
    Katy
    Bread and Beauty X

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