I plan to begin blogging about all things Polaroid. The camera that captured my earliest childhood memories was my father’s Land Camera Model 230 (which is pictured above). That same camera was handed down to me by my father, and is in perfect working order. It now is used to take beautiful pictures of my beloved 7 year old boy. I have since added another 230, a 240, an SX-70 Sonar, numerous 600’s, the Colorpack 2 and a Spectra First Edition. Santa brought me the new Polaroid 300 in December. I have portrait kits, close up kits, flash units, Polaroid leather attache cases, and other little accessories (UV filter, self timer, cloud filter). The classic Model 80b Highlander, in the original box, with the owner’s manual, is also in my possession. Film is not, as instant roll film hasn’t been made in years!
Despite the failures of the original Polaroid Corporation, it is the author’s opinion that Dr, Edwin Land, Polaroid’s CEO and guiding light, is one of the greatest inventors and innovators of our time. His number of patents is only second to Thomas Edison’s achievements. The word “genius” seems to sell the man short.
Polaroid as a brand today lives on today, in name, if nothing else. The author has very mixed feelings regarding Creative Director Lady Gaga. She will be discussed in later blogs. The author also has mixed views on the efforts of Dr. Florian Kaps, and The Impossible Project. Their efforts, and results with their still experimental films, will also be reviewed.
In the meantime, load up a folding Land Camera with some beautiful Fuji FP-100C, or FP-3000B, take some beautiful shots, and follow this blog. You will not be disappointed.
-Arthur, avid Polaroid enthusiast, Worcester, Massachusetts