Wednesday, November 08, 2006

collection collective: polaroid cameras


i can't remember
exactly when...
i know it was
the age
when girls
have slumber parties
and start
to worry about
style and how
they look.
i was
that age
when i received
my first
polaroid camera.
i think it
was 5th grade.

it was
a simple
one step camera
i can't remember
if
i actually asked
for it
or if my parents
(already keenly
aware of
my desire
to document
and organize)
just thought
i wanted one.

i took
a lot
of photos
and used
most
of my
allowance
for film
{some things
never change}.

here is
one of
my old
polaroids:

my sister,
20 years ago,
holding my
pet
chinchilla.
more recent ones
here.

there is
something
about polaroids
that i have
always loved.
it goes beyond
the instant
gratification
that is now
common
in the digital age.
it's the shape,
how the
white plastic frames
the picture,
the weight of it.
it's probably
nostalga.

so for
the collection collective
i present
my
polaroid collection:



there are
loads
of people
still
obsessed with
polaroids...
and
tons
of
polaroid
flickr
groups...
some
polaroid-
agraphers
i love
are
here,
here,
here,
and
here.

promise
i will scan
my new
daily portraits
soon...
have a
wonderful
night!
xo

9 comments:

Eero said...

Collection collective! I agree with the weight and substance of the older cameras. I think I never got into them because they have such a short lifespan....moi, the archivist...

lisa s said...

oh la la....

not only do i love your polaroids... but i love the words that go with....

and the one of your sister is super cool!!

{honored to be in your list btw}
xo

erin scissorhands said...

WOW!

alyssa said...

That polaroid of your sister with her glowing cloud-like hair holding the chinchilla is such a great photo. You were brilliant back then, too. It reminds me of those 80's glam pictures.

julie said...

Lovely...I was also given a polaroid camera as a very little girl - my dad is also a camera freak!!) and i dont know what happened to it! But i also loved using it and LOVE your photos!!!
(will ask my dad!)

anne said...

what an impressive collection !

ms. pea said...

the instant gratification and the instant frame. the whole idea of an instant something that is not just a digital blip... maybe it is a little nostalgic, but i love polaroids too (though i have never been very good with a camera). your sister is such a glamorous babe!

A COLLAGE A DAY said...

the one on the bottom left is my favorite. i too enjoy the frames. i love the weight at the bottom. you have a super cool collection of polaroids. very colorful!

r.

maditi said...

viva polaroid!!
still swooning over your collection ... thank´s for linking to my set too :)