“Roid” Week Celebrates Vintage-Style Instant Photography

Snapshots, Featured

 

I gather with thousands of instant photographers online during #roidweek2016, a community that has been around since 2006. We post two photographs a day on Flickr. You can check out all the 2016 submissions here.

Edwin Land founded Polaroid and invented instant cameras in 1948. As a hobby about five years ago, I started shooting with my Polaroid. I just love it.  “Instant photography”, or Polaroid photography, is magical because every photograph is really different from everyone else’s.  As a little girl I had the white Swinger camera and to this day have images taken at my parties, from age 13. I wish I still had that camera!

Here are my recent ‘Roid photographs and a few of my favorites from other years thrown in. I’m using a Polaroid SX70, circa 1972.

If you have an old camera up in your attic or buy one at a flea market, put in a roll of film and see how the vintage version feels to you.

Life Is Good

 

Brooklyn pier. Telescope with a view of Manhattan. SX-70.

 

Flag on the Brooklyn Bridge

 

Flowers In The Light

 

pinkbikebrooklyn

 

Astoria Queens Chinese Food Take Out

 

And, the camera that does it all.

 

SX70

 

Our fridge with polaroid film ... right next to the butter

Our fridge with polaroid film … right next to the butter

 

fun comic about polaroid photography

My mother sent me this fun comic about polaroid photography

 

All photographs are taken by me, unless I have noted otherwise in the caption. I am using my Polaroid SX70.

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  • Nancy

    Your passion for photography — wherever it takes you — is a perfect example of a “growth mindset” — you’re always progressing, always looking for something new to inspire you, even when, as here, its old. 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psychology-Success-Carol-Dweck/dp/0345472322

  • Love this. Your passion for photography has sparked me. You have such a beautiful eye for life. I love seeing the world through your lens. And these polaroids are divine. I love that you are always doing such interesting things!

  • Tara Crowley

    Love these images — so vintage! I purchased a Fujifilm Instax last year and am not very happy with it. Now that I’ve seen what a master can do, maybe I’ll give it another shot. You’ve set the bar very high.

  • Nanette Gordon

    Great post. I bought an sx-70 from Impossible Project a few years ago but it never worked quite right. You’ve inspired me to go back and see if I can fix it. Love the images!