My childhood experience with instant cameras was limited to
Spectra and possibly SX-70 cameras; watching the prints from
these cameras always fascinated me, but the colors always
seemed "milky" to me and I never thought about them
as serious tools. With the advent of digital cameras, why
bother with expensive film?
In early 2004, I discovered a long-neglected Polaroid model 100
automatic Land camera on a shelf at work. I'd never seen pack
film before, and decided to do some research. I discovered
that the model 100 was kind of an ur-camera, one of the
earliest pack film cameras, and that film was still available.
Aside from some experimentations with 20+ year expired 107
film, I decided to purchase a few packs of new 667 and take
photos at the Pilgrimage 2004 demo party. I'm quite taken with the
results, and developed a fondness for this quirky peel-apart
Shown here are some photographic experiments done with various
films, with the Polaroid Land Camera automatic models 100 and
350. Keep in mind that the actual size of these photos is
3.4" x 4.3", so viewing the full-size pictures on a
17"+ monitor will make the photos appear quite a bit more
grainy than normal.
I also have some difficulty in scanning these properly; I can
fiddle with settings, but the results just don't look quite the
same as the originals in the computer. I'm not sure yet if the
limitation is in my scanner, or the monitor. The whole
experience makes me want to seek out photo galleries and look
at actual prints.
There seem to be quite a lot of sites dedicated to
integral-film SX-70 work, but I can't find many of packfilm
work. Anybody doing packfilm work is encouraged to email me.
Someone on a newsgroup pointed me to
Moroux' Kallitype postcards, which are not only
clever, but exceptionally aesthetically pleasing. While not
quite polaroids, they are "instant" in a sense.
Designs across the river in Vancouver, WA, does
conversions of older polaroid rollfilm cameras (110A/B) to
packfilm. One of these days I'll need to go pester them.
Mattias Wandel mounted blueprint paper in his old polaroid to make
Blueprint Photos which are fairly interesting.