Well, as some of you may or may not know, Polaroid has stopped making instant film. This may not seem like such a big deal to many in the face of the digital age, but in my humble opinion, this is a tragedy!
Through out the 1970s I grew up on Polaroid. My father always used his Polaroid Land Camera to take photos of mine and my brother’s birthdays, our family Christmases, our Easter egg hunts and other holidays and family get-togethers. Such memories!
The anticipation of the photo developing before our eyes, the smell of that coating my dad would rub on the photograph with the little stick thing. And more than any other kind of traditional film or even digital photography, Polaroids had an immediacy to them like no other. It was simply the easiest and most “instant” way to capture the moment.
And it’s all going away for us all… but there is some hope. There is a campaign going on through the website www.SavePolaroid.com which hopes to convince other manufacturers (i.e. Fuji and Ilford) to continue manufacturing the Polaroid film. There are also several Flickr groups dedicated to the same effort.
I’m trying to do my part, by spreading the word, contributing this Polaroid self-portrait which is currently [as of this writing] on the front page of the SavePolaroid.com site (recently reported on by CNN and the New York Times!) and using what little money I have to buy as much of the remaining film stock that there is at PolaPremium.com in hopes to create a new body of work based on Polaroid photography, and to get this published as a book and/or exhibited in some galleries.
So please, do your part, and Save Polaroid!