Vanishing Polaroid

It's hard to imagine when Edwin Land introduced the first one-step process for instant photographs in 1947 that he could have foreseen the impact his invention would have on the world of photography. As Polaroid cameras and film evolved, alternative processes such as emulsion transfers became creative ways for photographers to express their vision. The inherent imperfections from peeling film apart or pulling it through the camera's metal rollers gave Polaroid images their unique quality and character. Long before digital imaging, Polaroid gave us instant gratification in viewing our photographs shortly after pressing the shutter button. But in February 2008, Polaroid announced they will no longer produce instant film. By year's end, the final cartons of film were being shipped to retailers. So, this blog will be dedicated to images created with Polaroid film. I'll be shooting primarily with a vintage Polaroid 180 camera, using various types of Polaroid Pack Film. Random images will be posted here in occasional installments throughout 2009. Let's see what develops. . .

Monday, April 13, 2009


Somehow, trailer parks have managed to survive. These communities of homes on wheels seem stuck in time, mobile but immobilized by having nowhere else to go. This image was made last week, but it appears to be 40 years old. I don't know if these communities will eventually fade away altogether, or go through a renaissance and thrive again. In a way, they represent what Polaroid is going through right now. There was a recent sale of what remains of Polaroid to a group that would like to revive it. Then the sale was rejected and an auction for the assets reopened to bidders. There is talk of re-introducing some of the peel-apart pack films that helped make Polaroid a household name. But at this moment, those films are in diminishing supply and Polaroid is hanging on by a thread. I hope it survives. In the meantime, I am also uncertain about continuing this blog. This may very well be the final post. So, thanks for visiting. It's been somewhat of a nostalgic trip.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Imperfect pink

Pink car. Pink leaves. But what really made me put these two together is that they were both just plain sloppy images. The pink VW was photographed by sticking the camera out my car window while driving on the freeway. And the tree with the pink leaves was shot from a parking structure. Not only is it a poor composition, but it's underexposed, too. Oh well. . .that's what I love about Polaroid. It can be pretty random and less than perfect.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

signs and wonders

The signs are obvious. But I wonder why anyone would trim their tree like this?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

take it to the rack

The bikes are waiting for some riders, and the hoop is waiting for some game.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Have a Ball

Whether you're young or old. By yourself or on a team. Play ball!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bridge to the past

Here we have the famous (infamous?) old bridge in Pasadena and an antique sign for Pepsi-Cola. Just above the old sign was a note that it's for sale for $1200.