Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Polaroid

Polaroid have decided to stop making the film for their instant cameras.

This makes me sad.

20 comments:

Tina Mammoser said...

Oh no. No. Nononononono. I'd post a sad face too except I'm out of film. And will never get any eeeeeeever again. (okay, I'm overreacting slightly)

I'm always hunting for cheap supplies of 600 and now I'll be priced out of the competition for it I'm sure.

Thanks, I think, for this news. *sigh*

Rachel said...

What?! That's a bit rude! I just bought a pack actually. I had better conserve them for "special occasions". Otherwise I would make a sad face in solidarity.

helloblog said...

How can you be sad with that wallpaper!? It's amazing is what it is!

Groc said...

---and yet your photo made me happy. well laugh at any rate.

Paul said...

I think it is a blind. And blinding at the same time....I'll get my coat

Monkey said...

That photo looks like m-m-m-m-monkey from Weebl & Bob.

If that doesn't mean anything, the name has the linkageness.

Jenny Harvey said...

That is indeed sad news.
We will have to see what developes next (Should only take about 90 secs)

Sherbet said...

If you can get hold of a 5x4 camera, you can still use polaroid with them. They're not likely to go out of circulation any time soon 'cause they're often used for "tester" photos before shooting on film.

Admittedly they're heavier, bigger and more awkward to work with - but the end result's the same :D

Gail said...

Oddly, When I heard this the other day I thought of you, Dave. Very sad news. I have been enjoying seeing your polaroid photos on flicker.

I also wanted to say, my America Unchained dvd arrived here,in the States,last week. Congratulations on a job well done!

Anonymous said...

They were only ever good for making homemade porn pictures if you didn't want to take them to get developed. Digital camera's do the job better now.

Anonymous said...

dave! you look like hugh laurie with this shot!

Janette Jones said...

Bugger, I've just had a polaroid camera for Christmas. Hmmm, perhaps I should keep it and then sell it on ebay - I could make a fortune!

Anonymous said...

Dave,I just saw your googlewhack adventure live dvd (to be honest I downloaded it, but there is no possible way I could saw it if I didnt because I live in Argentina and its not here) and really enjoy it, the story was so fun. By the way, lovely tatoo!.

Ruopolo

Eric said...

The film will still be made, just not by Polaroid themselves... they're licensing it out. Makes sense, really, for the niche product it is.

Puts me in mind of another question I've been meaning to ask - Dave, have you got/looked at/heard of the Holga camera - Chinese plastic imprecision-engineering at its best? Got one for a present and quite looking forward to joining the lo-fi aesthetic...

Dave Gorman said...

@ Eric: No one has yet bought the licence from Polaroid so at present there is no sign that the stuff will still be manufactured beyond the end of 2009.
And yes, I know Holgagraphy.

Eric said...

I stand corrected. Seems unlikely that no-one will take it on though, doesn't it? There's a lot of good will towards the product, after all... but then if it doesn't translate to sales, maybe the numbers don't add up.

It's surprising how often clients on design jobs still want the white Polaroid 'frame' around photos as instant visual shorthand to signify 'this is a snapshot' though, even for kids brands where the target market has probably never seen one... might just be out-of-touch clients of course...

IanF said...

It's perhaps not the same as an actual Polaroid, but...

http://www.ironicsans.com/2008/02/idea_the_last_product_polaroid.html

Alas, it appears to just be a mock-up.

Dave Gorman said...

I'm hoping the licence will be picked up...but who knows.

The film has been expensive for ages (about £1 a shot) and that must have restricted sales to a bunch of particularly committed photographers.

Maybe that's how much it cost but it's hard to believe someone wasn't capable of knocking out some cheap copies in morally dubious circumstances. It will be interesting to see what happens.

darkdaze said...

dave is this shot on the macro5 camera, if so check the flickr mail i sent, hope you get time to read it, the demise of polaroid is definitely a terrible day for us obsessive instant converts....

regards,
kev darkdaze

Ben said...

Gah! This is terrible news... Even more so considering I've finally gotten round to actually getting a polaroid camera! Hopefully someone will pick up the slack.