Nostalgic news of the day: That Polaroid instant camera your parents gave you for your seventh birthday might not be as obsolete as you thought. If you haven’t gone off and sold it on ebay yet (Yea, I suck…), the Impossible Project has re-created the film used in the thought-to-be-useless machines. The film goes on sale starting Thursday, and I’m elated. I plan on stealing my sister’s camera and claiming it was mine all along. (Shhhh, don’t tell.)
I have to say that I was quite the master with these cameras – and not in a hipster way. I was seven years old, and the days of using the eventually rare instant film to take photos of Converse sneakers arranged in a circle would come many years later. The instant photos I took as a youngster had child-like innocence sometimes lost in this digital age. My best and still-favorite picture? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ Michelangelo and Leonardo in a ”class photo” with Gizmo (Gremlins), Kermit the Frog (as seen in promo below), and three characters from Baby Looney Tunes. Now if only I hadn’t sold my childhood…
Don’t get me wrong; digital is great. It’s convenient and cheap. (Unlike the reinvented film, which will produce eight black-and-white photos for $21.) But delete buttons have killed the candid past. You forget about a deleted digital photo three seconds after sending it to the pixel graveyard, but slicing through a memory with a pair of scissors is much harder – you really have to want that sucker gone forever. That said: Welcome back, instant film!
Now, tell me, PopWatchers: Are you going to shell out the cash for a chance to use your clunky clicker again? Are you going to wait and buy Polaroid’s new instant film camera later this year? And (most importantly) what was your best novice Polaroid picture?