My foray into analog photography has involved a lot of poor decision making. First, I bought a vintage Nikon EM on ebay that just plain didn’t work. Then I bough a used Minolta Weathermatic on Amazon (because a new one costs $200) and it turned out to be a waterproof camera with water damage to the circuit board. Next, I scrounged up an old Polaroid OneStep 600 camera that I had bought on ebay in high school for about $12. I never managed to find film for it because Polaroid filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and eventually got “out of the Polaroid business” and stopped making instant film.
Luckily, at this point, the sad story has a twist. My dear friend Abbie (pictured at top) has been into analog photography for years. In her mission to save the art form, she began working for the Impossible Project, a company that took over Polaroid’s factories to try to keep the production of instant film alive. She hooked me up with some film and I was ready to take my only working analog camera to the streets.
Unfortunately, my pictures looked terrible. They were blurry, yellow, and basically only worthy of a trip to the trashcan.
It seemed like just another failed attempt to add to my list, and I was getting a little tired of trying too!
Then Abbie came to Boston for the 4th of July and brought along a new generation of film, the PX 680 Color Shade Cool. Suddenly, with this new film, my pictures had focus and color! And lovely vintage looking color at that.
See? Perhaps my analog film adventures are not completely doomed to fail after all. Next thing you know, I’ll be back on ebay shopping for my next analog camera. Worst case scenario, I can always do something like this!