The death of Polaroid film back in 2008-2009 was completely devastating to me. As soon as I heard, I went out and bought as much film as possible, hoarding it like treasure. Before the film was discontinued, I was careless in my usage, shooting Polaroids of anything and everything just because I could. Now that it's been discontinued, I am very picky and careful about what I choose to use my beloved film on. Over the past four years, my film stash has dwindled considerably. It makes me sad to know that one day soon, I am going to shoot my last box of original Polaroid film.
All of that being said, I am grateful to the Impossible Project for taking on the task of manufacturing Polaroid film, for the Polaroid addicts like me. I will say that I have (and will continue to be) been a loyal customer of Impossible Project film but unfortunately to date, I am unhappy with this film and do not enjoy using it. I've tried a lot (most?) of their different film versions/editions and as of yet, I don't really like any of them. I'm sure I'm one of the only people that doesn't like the new film because from what I've seen online (in Flickr groups mostly) people are loving the film and achieving great results with it. However, because I love using my Polaroid camera so much, I keep buying and trying their film. Each time they produce a new batch of film, I'm right there with my credit card, ready to buy a couple packs with the hopes that maybe this time, I'll get it right and finally like using the film. Until then, I remain loyal to the o.g. film.
While I find my groove with this new Polaroid film, I decided I also wanted to try my hand at Fuji's version of instant film and cameras. Lucky for me, I have a great boyfriend that bought me a Fuji Instax Mini camera and 4 packs of film for Christmas. Maybe it's because I'm such a die-hard Polaroid fan and there is a tiny part of me that can't bear to cheat on Polaroid with Fuji, but I didn't even take the camera out of the box until last week! Without further ado, here is my first batch of photos. I took these mostly just to get a feel of the camera and how it works and how the film/pictures look once developed. Hopefully the next couple of batches of Instax photos will be better. I've been browsing a couple of Instax Flickr groups for inspiration: Instax Mini Diptych Triptych and Fuji Film Instax Room.
(this was my first shot ever and I had no idea what I was doing)