10 June 2008

roid...pola roid

Yes, people, I have a new toy. I'd been thinking about it for a while. But then, with the whole, you know, tragedy, I thought it was sort of pointless. I mean, why the heck would anyone start using a camera after finding out that the film for said camera is no longer being made? What kind of masochistic person would do that? Um, *waving* that would be me.

In any case, I made my mom dig out their old polaroid (thanks mom!), which apparently they got for free from Huggies (yes the diaper company) when I was a baby (or was it before I was born?). I've been told that since it was a perk of the diapers that I was using, the camera is technically mine. (Although my mom was the one changing said diapers, so I'm thinking she should get the credit here). She also discovered my dad's Polaroid Land 95B, which he had gotten as a gift for his Bar Mitzvah (um, for you non-Jews, that's when you turn thirteen). Not to give anything away here, but that was approximately 50 years ago. Plus or minus a few...He won't give it to me- I think he mostly doesn't want to pay for the shipping- apparently the thing weighs about 45 pounds-which is just fine with me. I didn't, however, pass up the opportunity to let him know that they're selling for approximately ten dollars on ebay (sorry to burst your bubble dad!). Plus or minus a few. (It's still cool, and I'm certainly not letting him ditch it).

Regardless, I am now a proud owner of a Polaroid Spirit 600. And I couldn't be happier. Especially since it was waiting for us when we returned from camping, where the digi camera went, temporarily, out of commission. So I hopped right over to walgreens and picked up the two film packs they had on the rack. Then I promptly ordered six more packs on ebay.

At first, I was a bit hesitant to use it (at which point Jared told me I'd never make it as a National Geographic photographer- luckily that's not my goal in life). But now, well, now I'm trying to hold myself back. Unsuccessfully.

People, we may have a problem. Or not. I know that my time with the Spirit will be limited, but I figure I'll just enjoy it while I can. Isn't that what life is all about?

While we're on the polaroid thing here, have you all seen this? I'm so excited (I actually pre-ordered a copy!). There are a gazillion beautiful polaroid links out there--I just can't start sharing them all right now, or else I'll never make it out alive. But you must check out this one. And this one. Okay, okay, that's enough. For now...


  1. they are pretty addictive. i can fly through a pack of film. have fun julia!

  2. Eeeeek I want a Polaroid!!!

    Have fun, dearie.

  3. Oh yes, it is addictive. My sister is mailing me one, and yes, I'm on the bandwagon AFTER (months after) the whole ending of Polaroid. I think there's something about it that seems so magical, now that it's fleeting. And we can't help it if it keeps popping up in our contacts' photostreams that we want to too!

  4. I love poloroids... they have such great color. Fantastic Julia!

  5. I have an old polaroid - I haven't used it in years - I need to get it out - I think we still have a couple of packs of film - I had no idea they were discontinuing it.