The power of the polaroid….
You remember polaroids right? Its probably one of my first experiences with photography, the anticipation of waiting for the image to appear in front of your eyes. How amazing an image ready in seconds that can be given as a gift. Families at the airport waving goodbye to grandparents, quick lets have a photo and here you go take it with you, you sit on the plane wipe a tear from your eye as you stare and hold your polaroid. To me this is more romantic than flipping through a vast amount of images on the latest compact digital, nothing wrong with this but not as cool. Also remember I am talking about 30 years ago how amazing the polaroid was….
What we should all learn…
The best thing about a polaroid film was you only got 10 shots and it was quite expensive to use. Why is that a good thing? well it made you think about what you were about to take, you paused looked for the best angle made sure everyone was in view and positioned in an appealing way, not rapidly fire off 20 shots and hope for a good one cause its free right? Yes it maybe, but where has the skill gone? what are we teaching the next generation. As photographers of any skill we should inspire others, make them passionate about this art form one piece of advice buy them a polaroid camera and let them create….