There’s Always Room for Polaroids

My brother and Mandi at Cunetto’s.

What can I say, Polaroid is the Jello of camera gear; everyone loves them, they’re both easy to make, and they are both more fun than the alternatives. Over the years, I shot with two Polaroid cameras, a 600 and a Spectra, and it was always with the spirit of adventure that I took them into the street or around the house. I have read that Fuji will be producing “Polaroid” film in the wake of Polaroid stopping the manufacture of their own. It is news that excites me, because no matter how instant digital has made things, there is still something to watching the magic (or chemistry) of traditional photography unfold into an image right in front of your face that posting pictures on the computer can’t compete with. These shots are of old me and now me, old wife and now wife, Carbondale, Chicago and St. Louis. Enjoy, and sorry about the dust!

Me at 17 in Chicago.

Mandi at the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis.


William Upski Wimsatt came to my ‘hood.




One plant, one cheap magnifying glass, one Polaroid Spectra…

Guitar Hero Mandi.

Rosemary in the old apartment in Chicago.

The stop near where I lived and worked in Chicago.


Mandi at 19, Carbondale.



With family.


Moi at 29.


3 Responses to “There’s Always Room for Polaroids”

  1. You think someone will ever start selling the film again?Cameras too. I imagine people will lose them between the relative now and the longed-for future.

    • jasongrayfineartist Says:

      Good point; The Impossible Project has done a great job at bringing back instant film to the marketplace (although, they are not quite there yet; maybe the 3/22/2010 event will change that), but, since the film manufacturing was cancelled, I have noticed a lot of Polaroids being dumped off on Craigslist for next to no money. So the question remains, how big will the resurgence be when/if the film becomes widely available again? All I know is that I still own my two cameras, and I will be out shooting with them again (hopefully they still function after the period of idleness) if/when that film becomes easier to get a hold of. Time will only tell… Great insights as always, Andrew.

  2. I remember stumbling onto a 3-D illustration in Scientific American of the camera with a cutaway of the gears. Must’ve been the early 80’s. It was a fantastic phenomena. Tony Robert’s character in “Play It Again, Sam” walks into the surf, suicide-like, after finding out his woman has been stolen by his best friend saying, “I, who had he foresight to buy Polaroid at two-and-a-quarter.”

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