don’t shake it like a polaroid

LizzieLou | memoir,nablopomo | Monday, November 23rd, 2009

When I read that Polaroid instant cameras and film were being phased out I was bummed out. That was a well over a year ago. This post has been sitting in my pile of drafts since then, another thing for me to complain about.

It’s not that I am some big camera geek or anything. I just have a little nostalgia about the instant Polaroids. When I was growing up it was a real novelty for me, made even more special by the fact that my parents thought they were frivolous. It was rare that I got to take any pictures with one.

Ever contrary, I bought a One Step after college and this clunky, noisy object was my primary camera, the only camera I owned, for several years. From this period, the photos I have of friends, coworkers, grad school trips, pets, and girlfriends are all blotchy, smudgy Polaroids.

I was going to miss pictures like this:


& this:


& this:


And that last one is NSFW, by the way, in case you couldn’t tell.

This weekend I was cleaning out the desk in the basement when I found the camera. I flipped it on and tried to take a picture but nothing happened; so imagine my horror when I opened it and found film! OH NO! I may have just inadvertantly exposed the LAST POLAROID FILM I WOULD EVER HAVE. When I shut it back in, the camera turned on, just slow to ‘boot up’ I guess. I was able to take a test photo of piles of crap in the cellar. Oh crap. Was THAT the LAST POLAROID PHOTO I WOULD EVER TAKE? I think maybe there are one or two more left.

The question weighing on my mind now is what should I use the last of my film on…?

That’s what I was thinking yesterday. Today, I thought I would finish up this post. It caused me to do a little internetting about this issue and ain’t I happy to learn that a group is going to bring back the instant film cameras. Also, I’ve learned that there is a site with some very cool photographs in this ‘genre.’

Maybe my days of taking shitty photographs aren’t over yet!


  1. That first pic looks like a girl I was CRAZY about in college. She broke my heart, but we had a happy ending.

    My Google phone has a camera app with a “Polaroid” mode. Although it doesn’t simulate the photo ejecting noisily and alarmingly.

    Comment by Eelaine — November 24, 2009 @ 9:06 am

  2. I frightened several woodland creatures by taking Polaroids of them. And the occasional domestic creature as well.

    Comment by LizzieLou — November 24, 2009 @ 10:12 am

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