Polaroid

Some months ago a girl from Yokohama was so kind to send me a Polaroid ONE600 as a present, so that’s how my “analogization” process continued; a process that mysterious forces started in order to fight against my digital life. The first trip of my Polaroid was to the Ise shrine, where it took its first picture:

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I love the colors it captures, the soft contrast and the feeling of having a physical photo in your hands seconds after taking the photo. The problem is that no more Polaroid films are being produced, it seems like Sumitomo bought the patents and has kept them in a forgotten drawer somewhere. My friend, Sara, still had some films that she bought some years ago and kept them in a fridge (it seems it is the best way to preserve films during long periods of time). A couple of photos turned out bad, most likely because the chemical components had “expired”, but the rest turned out pretty well:

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Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa - Polaroid ONE600 version

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This one with greener colors was taken with Sara’s SX-70, a much older Polaroid.

Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa

うあああ!凄く嬉しい!thanks for the Polaroid @sentence_war !

4 Comments
  • Zappes

    December 15, 2011 at 1:42 am

    You should check out the “Impossible Project” – those guys actually produce Polaroid Films and sell them online:

    http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

    I can’t tell you if those films are any good, but they probably beat having no films at all.

  • Felneymike

    December 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Eh? I’m sure my brother still buys Polaroid films now and then (this is in the UK). Also my old work used to use a polaroid camera with a box on the front for “gel imaging” (taking photos of UV-lit blocks of ‘gel’ with DNA in them). Though this is usually done with £100k-plus digital boxes ‘o tricks.

  • RMilner

    December 19, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Fujifilm make a range of instant cameras and films, not compatible with Polaroid unfortunately, but if you get the bug they must be easily available in Japan.

  • heatgap

    January 3, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I love your photography. You do an excellent job capturing various scenes and images in Japan. Keep up the good work buddy!