Today is the last day of Polaroid Week or ‘RoidWeek 2014 as it’s officially called. It’s a project that started on Flickr in 2006 as a celebration of instant film.
Polaroid stopped producing film in 2008 but luckily a company called The Impossible Project bought parts of Polaroid’s production facility in the Netherlands to continue producing integral film (the typical Polaroid photo which people tend to shake). However, the original Polaroid colour dyes weren’t available anymore, so The Impossible Project had to reinvent instant photos which were compatible with the old Polaroid cameras.
In the beginning, there were a lot of issues with the films whereby the chemicals didn’t spread evenly and left an undeveloped patch at the top.
Or the colours were very faint because the image became easily overexposed as the film was so light sensitive.
But now that the company has had a few years to experiment, they slowly figured out how to make a lot more stable films that are easier to use and have beautiful colours.
All photos shot by me with my Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid Spectra and Polaroid 635CL cameras on Impossible Project film.
Last year in July I went to Japan for the first time. And this year I finally managed to sort through my hundreds of photos and publish the best on Flickr.
Check out my Japan photo album.
I absolutely loved Japan and I am desperate to go back. It was as amazing as I had imagined and better. Great food, cute cartoons, very polite people, great public transport, so clean!
Everyone told me that it would be very expensive but it wasn’t. I paid around £50 on average for the hotels and they were pretty good ones. Most of my lunches and dinners cost me between £4 and £6, as far as I remember. Sushi was more expensive but still cheaper than London. So it is not that expensive!
My friend convinced me to go to Fuji-Rock Festival. At first I was a bit hesitant. Why would I travel all the way to Japan and then go to a festival? There are tons in Europe! But it was the right decision to go. What an experience! It was different from European festivals. A lot better, actually. Extremely well organised and in a beautiful mountain setting. People were so civilised! I have to go back.
It took me almost a year to motivate myself to scan and sort through hundreds of photos. I shot all photos on film, either 35mm, 120 or Fuji Instax film.
The best photos of my best holiday are now published on my Flickr account.
Check out my Japan photo album on Flickr!