Polaroid Week is just around the corner, and I’ve got instant film on the brain. Aside from the aesthetic advantages of instant film and the camaraderie of other instant shooters, I think many of us enjoy polaroids (intentional lowercase “p” to include modern instant photos made with Impossible and Fuji films) because the prints, as objects, inspire a sort of nostalgia that mere pixels cannot.
Isn’t it magical?! The PX 70 photos above are by the spectacularly talented Anne Bowerman
(a.k.a. Anniebee from The Impossible Project).
I’ve been totally fascinated with The Burning House, a fantastic Tumblr blog that asks just one question of those who submit for publication: If your house was burning, what would you take with you? Scrolling through the posts, you’ll notice almost everyone includes photos in their lists. And many, many specifically include polaroids.
This comes as no surprise, yet somehow it’s noteworthy. It gives me hope for the longevity of instant film.
So, to celebrate Polaroid Week, the spirit of instant photography, the folks at The Impossible Project who are working so hard to keep the instant fires burning, and everyone who has actually read this far … Let’s have a little giveaway. Actually, let’s have TWO giveaways. This is the first one, for a pack of the new PX 70 film, courtesy of The Impossible Project. I’ll announce the second one later this week.
To enter, you must answer this prompt in the comments:
Show us your “burning house” polaroid. It could be a vintage photo from your childhood, or a favorite instant image that you or a friend captured recently. It doesn’t matter … Just a share a link to the ONE polaroid you’d save if your house was on fire and you could only save one. Don’t think too much, just answer it.
I can’t wait to see all the photos! When I announce the winner, I’ll share some totally nerdy vintage polaroids of yours truly. I’m wearing dorky 80s glasses. You will NOT want to miss it.
Here’s the fine print for this fine giveaway:
To enter, you must comment here and use a valid email address. You must be currently subscribed to The Impossible Project’s weekly-ish email newsletter (sign up here) AND to the Analog Adventures infrequent email newsletter (sign up here). The winner will be randomly selected, and the email address will be cross-checked against the subscriber list for both newsletters. Film will be shipped directly from the Impossible USA office, but may be shipped (no charge) anywhere in the world. International entries are welcome. The Impossible Project will see your email address, and of course I’ll see your email address, but otherwise it will not be shared, and you will not receive spam from either organization. The Impossible Project is supplying the film for this giveaway, and I occasionally receive test/promotional film to sample, however, TIP has not paid for this post/giveaway and all opinions expressed here are my own.
More about PX 70:
The newest version of PX 70 can be used in an SX-70 or 600 camera, with careful adjustment of the lighten/darken wheel. Learn more about the film here and here, and see examples in The Impossible Project Flickr group.
Update: I just realized I didn’t put a deadline to enter … Let’s say Thursday, July 7 at 8:00 a.m. (USA Eastern Time).
Another Update: Comments are now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!