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Mar 13 2008

Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture

by Jimmy L

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I recently learned that Polaroid (the company) will no longer be producing Polaroids (the instant photos that we love so much)! Though the instantaneous nature of Polaroids aren’t as instantaneous as, say, digital photography, they still hold a special nostalgic value. Photos taken with this technology have a special look and feel that you can’t get from a digital camera or even a normal camera.

Artists have been quick to make the Polaroid into an art form. A quick search on the web yielded many results including Stefanie Schneider. I also learned that some artists have learned how to produce special effects with their Polaroid pictures, as seen here. To learn how to create this effect, see these instructions.

It’s no surprise that artists are lamenting this loss. If you’re like me and think that nothing can replace this unique medium, then maybe you can use the comfort of a few good books:

Land’s Polaroid : a company and the man who invented it by Peter C. Wensberg

Innovation/imagination : 50 years of Polaroid photography

Polaroid Land photography by Ansel Adams

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Nolan March 13, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Oh no! This post makes me sad. I have a Polaroid photo of myself with author Neil Gaiman–he signed it and drew some special effects on it (a technique he said he learned from artist Dave McKean).

Guess it’s time to stock up on film…

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