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Yesterday evening I was watching a sort of twisted romantic, indie comedy called Camille on Netflix instant queue. It was strange for more than one reason but the main ones being a.) I don’t watch comedies, b.) Camille is pretty much dead through most of the love affair, and c.) she has a fascination with her Polaroid camera.
Camille is a newly wed who takes photos of absolutely everything from the planning of her wedding – a photo of a magazine couple in their wedding garb with the faces replaced with cut outs of hers and her fiance’s – to the day of the wedding when she carries the camera up the aisle with her – to the journey to Niagra Falls for the couple’s honeymoon where she shoots the strangers she meets in a diner along the way.
Anyway, the movie made me miss Polaroid cameras. And it kills me that the neither the film nor the cameras are being produced any longer. I have hopes that in the next decade or so when all of the film has been extinguished from ebay, some sentimental company will pop up and take on the journey of reinventing the nostalgia of our “young adulthood” again. I mean, haven’t they done that already with the many toys and movies of our childhood?
In the meantime, I discovered this diy project for creating Tiny Polaroid Magnets over at Ambrosia Girl Blog. While the final product isn’t actually a Polaroid picture – the song “Hey Ya” is coursing through my brain now – it does offer the semblance of that once popular trend. The Polaroids are created in Photoshop, though Gimp is a free option that I use, and can be manipulated for any photograph you’ve uploaded to your computer. The author of this craft tutorial even offers a .zip file for download of a Polaroid frame you can use. You can find instructions for this entire project over at Ambrosia Girl Blog here.
In the meantime, I want to see more Polaroid shots! Should you know of a Polaroid craft or photo, please share a link! I’d love to see any craft projects, pictures, or products for sale that are related to or inspired by the long lost Polaroid!
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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Fujifilm makes Polaroid film now

  2. Anonymous says

    The Polaroid factory in Europe was actually bought be another company that is now producing new Polaroid film. It is called: IMPOSSIBLE or the Impossible Project. This film is expensive and finicky, but works and will be there when the old Polaroid finally runs out.

  3. Awesome. Good to know. I guess it just hasn’t become mainstream enough yet to make it’s way to my town.

  4. What a great idea. The magnets would also make fantastic gifts.

  5. Anonymous says

    you have to go http://www.the-impossible-project.com to order the film. Etsy.com has lots of pretty cheap polaroid cameras that work.
    Another good idea to make polaroid charms is to buy inkjet shrinky dink paper from Michaels and just cut a white border the shape of a polaroid border. That’s what I did for a father’s day gift this year.

  6. urban outfitters carries the camera and film. the film is a little smaller than the original polaroid, but it makes good quality pics. i bought it for my daughter last christmas.

  7. Polariod did made a new camera that is instant!

  8. Anonymous says

    Polariod has a camera coming out that is retro with a modern twist.
    You can have the polariod pictures but you get to see what they look like and pick which ones out of what you have taken to print out.