For the love of instant photography: Using the Impossible Project’s film

When I was a kid, instant photography was already mostly faded into the vaults of nostalgia. The film wasn’t available anymore, but family members still had the old Polaroid cameras, and I always wanted to play with them only to be told I could hold the camera but couldn’t actually shoot with it. Then, when I was in middle school, Polaroid came out with the i-Zone, a “pocket-sized camera” (marketed as such even though it’s way too large for anybody’s pocket, let alone the younger crowd it seemed to be marketed toward) that printed smaller photos as stickers. I was gifted one of these before going on a school camping trip but only used it during that trip because the sticky film was irrationally priced in the eyes of my parents.

Nowadays brands like Fujifilm are making trendy new instant cameras and the film to match, but the nostalgia addict in me doesn’t want to drop all that money on a little plastic pastel-colored toy when I have an old land camera in perfectly fine condition just begging to be loaded up and used.

In comes the Impossible Project. These fine people began manufacturing film to fit into old Polaroid cameras with a new formula. It does come with its downsides, though. The film takes close to an hour to show your picture, and the company is still working on perfecting the formula. The film is also pretty expensive at about $25 for eight shots. But it’s a small price to pay if you really want that original Polaroid feel. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a few packs of film in the last few months, so here are a few of my shots.