CAMERA: Polaroid SX-70 Sonar Autofocus
FILM: Polaroid Time Zero Instant Film
I bought my Polaroid camera on eBay in December 2007, just months before Polaroid announced they were shutting down their instant film production, so I was disappointed to say the least. However, my old SX-70 came with 6 shots in camera and 1 box of expired Time Zero film (12/05), so I was ready to shoot straight out of the box. It was a whirlwind of learning for me as I had never shot this kind of instant film before AND the film leaked chemicals all over the rollers so I got some awesome, but unexpected, results. Once I had finished these films I waited for the new Impossible films to materialise, which I will cover in another post. Over the years I have reached for my beautiful SX-70 less and less, mostly due to high price per frame of the film which I just can’t justify in comparison to a roll of 36 shots on a 35mm film, or even buying Instax film cheap or in bulk. So for now I will just look back fondly on a time when Polaroid meant Polaroid, and leaky film was a joyous thing.
CAMERA: Polaroid i-Zone
FILM: i-Zone Instant Film
When I found an old zip-lock bag full of little photos I realised that the Polaroid SX-70 was not my first film camera, it was actually the Polaroid i-Zone which I think was given to me for a birthday or Christmas. I didn’t have a fancy looking one, it was just the standard light and dark blue with the yellow shutter button.
Looking at the photos, of which I only have 20, I remember how bad the camera was at outdoor shots, either over- or under-exposed, as it was really best for indoor use with flash. Most of the photos are of my family, although for some reason I thought it was a good idea to take a photo of my messy bedroom floor and get too close to my pet mouse in its blue cage. My favourite photo is of one of our dogs, Fugly, a beautiful boxer who died after getting bitten by dugite.
I actually got so nostalgic when I found these photos that I went on eBay and bought a cheap i-Zone camera, mine lost long ago, and some film that didn’t work. I didn’t spend much on it so I might try and hack it to take some other kind of film in the future, if I can be bothered getting around to it.
So here began my interest in instant film, rekindled many years later with a better camera.