One day in 2012 I read a random blog post about a Dutch company called The Impossible Project creating new film for Polaroid instant cameras, because Polaroid themselves had discontinued their official film. I thought it was a pretty neat article, but otherwise went about my day as normal.
The very next day, I went to a flea market and randomly came across a Polaroid Spirit 600 for $5. I bought the camera for fun and put in an order for some new film from that Dutch company. Since then, Polaroids have become my favorite way to take pictures of things.

I like Polaroids because, honestly, I'm not that good of a photographer. But Polaroid photos have such an iconic look to them, even 'bad' Polaroids turn out looking really interesting. The blurs, the washed out colors, the weird tints, even the emulsion and roller errors lead to some really cool stuff. Here are a few of my favorite Polaroid pictures from over the years.

A row of pinball machines at the Houston Arcade Expo 2012.<br>Polaroid OneStep SX-70, Impossible Project film.
My old retro game setup, back when I lived in an apartment roughly the size of an acorn. Playing Earthbound.<br>Polaroid Spirit 600, Impossible Project film.
Fry's Electronics in Irving, TX. This one's kinda blurry but I still like it.<br>Polaroid OneStep Flash, Impossible Project film.
Owl fursuiter a the Arlington Furmeet, Feb 2013.<br>Polaroid Spirit 600, Impossible Project film.
Closing day at Crystal's Pizza & Spaghetti, open 1978, closed 2013.<br>Polaroid Spirit 600, Impossible Project film.
The Ole Barn Dance at the Musée Méchanique in San Francisco. Put in a quarter and the marionettes will dance for you.<br>Polaroid Spirit 600, Impossible Project film.
I only met Calamity once briefly at Texas Furry Fiesta 2013, but he was a friendly guy and will be missed.<br>Polaroid Spirit 600, Impossible Project film.
A Mr. Do! and Donkey Kong Junior cabinets at the Texas Pinball Festival 2014.<br>Polaroid SX-70, Impossible Project film.
Bram Stoker's Dracula pinball machine at the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival.<br>Polaroid SX-70, Impossible Project film.
Reunion Tower, 2018.<br>Polaroid OneStep2, i-Type film.
Dallas as seen from Reunion Tower, 2018.<br>Polaroid Onestep2, i-Type film
Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls Nov 2019.<br>Polaroid OneStep2 i-Type film
Niagara Falls funicular, Nov 2019.<br>Polaroid OneStep2, i-Type film
Letchworth State Park, New York, Nov 2019.<br>Polaroid OneStep2, i-Type film
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose TX, Oct 2020.<br>Polaroid OneStep2, i-Type film
Dinosaur tracks in the limestone, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose TX.<br>Polaroid OneStep2, i-Type film
The two large fiberglass dinosaurs to the entrace of Dinosaur Valley State Park were originally a part of the Sinclair Dinoland exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Here's the tyrannosaurus.<br>Polaroid OneStep2, i-Type Film
Some cool mushrooms at a Lindale, TX campground.<br>PolaridNow with monochrome i-Type film.
Royse City Futuro House, Oct 2022.<br>Polaroid Lab.
A fake computer/video game store inside the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, TX, specifically in their Video Game Crash of '83 exhibit.<br> Polaroid One, 600 Film
A fake 1980s living room inside the National Videogame Museum. The game on screen is the Intellivision version of BurgerTime. This is my ideal atmosphere. In my dreams, I am here.<br> Polaroid One, 600 Film
A Kangaroo arcade cabinet sits next to a Nintendo Play Choice 10 at the 2023 Texas Pinball Festival.<br> Polaroid One, 600 Film
A very furry room inside Can Can Wonderland in St Paul, Minnesota.<br> Polaroid Lab.
Graffiti somewhere near Union Station in Chicago, Illinois.<br>Polaroid Spirit 600, 600 film
Choo chooooooooo. Somewhere between Dallas and Chicago.<br>Polaroid Spirit 600, 600 film
This is the ideal male body. Hollywood Studios, January 2024. <br>Polaroid Now, i-Type film.
Spaceship Earth at Epcot, January 2024. <br>Polaroid Now, i-Type film.
I'm sorry if the song is stuck in your head now. Magic Kingdom, January 2024. <br>Polaroid Now, i-Type film.

My Polaroid cameras

listed in order of when I got them
  • OneStep 600/Spirit 600
    My early go-tos. My first Spirit 600 is probably nearest and dearest to my heart.

  • OneStep Flash
    Largely the same as the OneStep 600s.

  • SX-70
    I love this camera, but using it makes me anxious! This camera is over 50 years old now and it takes a little bit of effort to expand/fold it shut.

  • OneStep Express
    When it comes to consumer electronics, I prefer blocky to bubbly. Not of of my favorites, but it's not the camera's fault.

  • Land Camera Automatic 100
    Got at a thrift store untested. I couldn't even test it if I wanted to, this camera requires a type of battery they don't even make anymore! But it's a neat little piece of history and it sits on my shelf, the elder statesmen of my Polaroids.

  • OneStep 2
    When Impossible bought Polaroid and became the modern Polaroid we know today, I was actually kind of wary. Especially when they announced a new camera. But I got one anyway and it's become my new go-to camera. Mostly because the film is widely available now, making it very easy to swing by the store, grab some film, and go out there.

  • PolaroidNow
    The "dumbed down" version of the OneStep 2. Aw, that's being kind of reductive. The autofocus is a nice addition, but I'll be honest I haven't really taken this buddy out on a major outing yet.

  • Polaroid Lab
    This is kind of a weird one. Basically it's a "camera" you set your phone on and it takes pictures of whatever's on the screen. Good for turning digital photos into Polaroids. I don't use this a lot because relying on it kind of goes against the spirit of Polaroid/analog photography for me. But that being said, there are some times where I find myself in the perfect spot for a cool Polaroid, and me without my camera. Or sometimes I run out of film at the worst moment. I'm glad I have the Lab for moments like this, even if it's "cheating".

  • Polaroid One600
    I found one of these at a Half Price Books in early 2023 and got it on a whim. The instruction manual it came with says it's from 2004, making it one of the last models of Polaroid instant cameras until The Impossible Project/Polaroid BV. It's a nice little guy, but like I've stated I prefer the blocky older style to this Y2K-era sleekness. The motor is way louder than I expected, but I don't know if that's just a thing with all One600s or this particular camera.

  • Polaroid Spectra
    I went to an estate sale on a whim in early November 2023, took about five steps in, and saw a Spectra on sale, complete with case and cool extra lenses, for $7. Of course I got it. It's in astoundingly good quality, but I haven't been able to test it yet. Impossible/Polaroid BV discontinued the Spectra film in 2019, and the remaining packs on eBay are kind of expensive... not to mention expired. I'm sure curiosity will probably win out and I'll eventually take the plunge and see if I can make something cool.