Goodbye Impossible Project, Hello Polaroid Originals!

Here’s something crazy! The Impossible Project underwent a facelift recently. Seriously, I’m not joking. It’s been on every major photo blog I read. And the results of the change are astonishing!

OK. Wait, let me exaggerate. I mean, things are definitely looking up for the world of instant film. The Impossible Project is no more; they are now called Polaroid Originals. I’m not sure of the exact details but I’m excited for these developments. Allow me to briefly describe what has changed:

  • They got a new name, Polaroid Originals
    • How they managed to snag the rights to the title of Polaroid, I don’t know. However, it is pretty cool that everyone can officially call their product a “Polaroid” picture. šŸ™‚
  • The price of their film has decreased
    • FINALLY!!! I HAVE AN EXCUSE TO SPLURGE! No, seriously, this is a big step in the right direction. Many people complained that Impossible Project film was too expensive for what you get; however, that’s becoming harder to say with their drop in prices.
  • Their color formula has improved
    • Instead of waiting 30-45 minutes for your picture to develop fully, it now happens in 15 mins (so they say. I haven’t tested it myself yet.) But if what they say is true,Ā holy crap, this will be a game changer for them.
  • Their website is much cleaner and they’re offering different products
    • A sleek new look requires a sleek new website. Oh, and did I mention that they’re offering different products now? I mean, I wish some of their old products were still offered but, hey, what can you do?

OK. Well, that’s all I really wanted to say. It’s not that important but I’m really excited. I’ll be able to buy more film, which means more shooting and more moments I can capture! Stoked! Alas, I must round-up some more money first before I splurge…

Feel free to take a look at the new website here!

Artist’s Notes: How Instant Film Has Affected Me

I have been messing with my “gifted” Polaroid One600 camera for the past month now, and it has doneĀ so much for me. So, in honor of the impactĀ instant film has had on my life, I will ramble about my thoughts on instant film.

At first when I picked it up, it was solely because I had caught inspiration to do so fromĀ Life Is Strange (video game); however, now, I love it because I love the medium. šŸ™‚ Anyway, I had no idea what to expect from this camera of mine and I had no idea how much shooting with it would change me.

It’s gotten to the point where I’m starting to fall in love all over again with analog photography. I mean, I’ll always have digital, but there’s something magical about analog that digital will never reproduce. Perhaps, it is because analog is more intimate, more romantic (at least in my eyes.)

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Artist’s Notes: Experimenting With Polaroids

I have found out a lot, and very quickly I will add, about instant film over the past half-month. I mean, there is a lot of love and hate about instant film but I suppose just getting straight to my findings would be best. I’ll save the proper emotions for when I bring up those topics.

I think I’ll break this down between technical findings and then personal associations, starting with technical findings. A lot of them have come from research prior to trying it out myself, but I suppose going over the basics and my findings won’t hurt.

The biggest thing I’ve noticed is the lack of control in instant pictures.Ā Think about the process for a moment. When I want to take an instant picture, a number of things are happening all at once that affect the ultimate result:

The Film

The film inside of the cartridge is a very unique set of circumstances. It’s got all of the necessary components inside of its packaging to develop an image, stop the development process, fix the image to its surface, and produce color if desired.

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Artist’s Notes: Always Carry Your Camera & Polaroid Infatuation

Hi Everyone! It’s me, Pineapple.

I’ve been on this whirlwind of excitement ever since finishing a little game calledĀ Life Is Strange.

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What sort of significance does a game like this have for an artist? Allow me to explain.

If you don’t know anything about the video game, I would hate to be the one to spoil it for you; therefore, I’m not going to. What you need to know about the game is that it is heavily tied to the life and mind of a photographer (because the main character is one!) So as I was playing it, I was thinking a lot about my own practice.

Things have certainly changed for me as a photographer. Ever since graduating, I haven’t really been working on “art” so to speak. There are no real projects that I’m currently working on. However, that does not mean that I haven’t been continuously taking photographs.

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