I always look forward to sharing some new photos during Polaroid Week, and this year is no exception. It’s a great opportunity to challenge myself and try new things.
Even more so, Polaroid Week has become a chance to discover new photographers (and friends) and absorb a much-needed jolt of inspiration. There’s so much spectacular work that’s shared during the five days of Flickr fun … It’s difficult to keep up, but well worth it to lose a bit of sleep!
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.
Polaroids and instant film are great conversation starters, and I find that I end up talking about film photography pretty frequently. (This should come as no surprise to people who know me well.) Of course, once people see my work, I get some really interesting responses.
Looking back on 2010: Kodak pulled the plug on its most famous film, Kodachrome, and the final roll was developed last week. But Kodak also released a new version of Portra film and a spokesperson admitted to the British Journal of Photography that there’s a “real resurgence for film.”