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The Internet's Obsession with Polaroids + How to Cop Your Own
Scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and especially Tumblr reveals the Internet’s newest obsessions: vintage cameras. Particularly Polaroids. But why is today’s youth suddenly picking up their moms’ and dads’ old cameras from the 80’s? Well I say, “Why not?”
Not only is photography an extremely interesting way of expressing yourself and interests, but it’s also extremely accessible. Most people have at least one device to take pictures, whether it be a cell phone, camera, tablet, or even a laptop for the occasional, grainy selfie. However, it seems that people are starting to get bored with today’s technology and are turning to yesterday’s.
The best part is that vintage cameras are just as ideal as today’s cameras. Some might argue even more so, as they are generally cheaper. Not to mention the hipster, warm feeling you get when the photo you took comes right out into your hands.
Get Yours Today
But where can you get one, you might ask? If you’re looking for cheap, the best places to look are yard sales, thrift shops, and eBay. If this is how you’re planning to buy, I would suggest asking the seller if the camera still works. Sometimes, this is not necessary, and you only need to ask around your family to see if your relatives have an old one stashed away in their attic.
As far as film, I only know of one company that still sells the correct film for these instant cameras: Impossible Project.. You’re also not limited to the standard, white square borders. They have a huge variety of colors, patterns, filters, and shapes for your photos that you’re sure to love. You can even get rare films! They also have a large gallery and helpful tips.
So join in the internet’s newest hobby of vintage photography. Express yourself and your interests through your creations. You’re sure to love the old, homey pictures you can take and share.