The last time I picked up a Polaroid camera was about 1979. It was a Polaroid OneStep loaded with SX-70 film, both original Polaroid Corporation products.
So much has changed since then. Polaroid filed for bankruptcy in 2001, changed ownership twice and finally shut down its film processing plants in 2008. The Impossible Project salvaged the Netherlands factory just hours before it was to be demolished and set out to remanufacture Polaroid film, including SX-70 film, but with recipes missing, no suppliers, no color dyes and chemicals unavailable or banned the process of recreating the complex 3.5″ x 4.25″ integral film turned out to be a challenge.
The Impossible Project became Polaroid Originals in 2017, once it acquired the brand name and intellectual property of the original Polaroid Corporation and, simply, Polaroid earlier this year. Their SX-70 film has gone through a few iterations, improving immensely over the years. But the film I use today, is very different from the film I used in 1979. More to come on that topic. In the meantime, here are a few more SX-70 instant pictures in the From Our Windows project.
“From Our Windows”, my current photography project, looks at the world as experienced from the windows of my home. It’s about the nature of enforced containment we all must deal with during the global pandemic, the longing for what lies beyond walls and windows, the stuff of life inside these walls and windows, the light that freely streams into my world and the beauty that comes out of that dialogue. It is my personal response to a collective event but it is also a view from all our windows.
I’d like to thank the Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) for approving a “Connecting the Distance” micro-grant towards the completion of this project. As with most photographic undertakings, production costs quickly mount and this project is no different. The financial assistance of MAC is greatly appreciated.