Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sometimes, Failure can be Beautiful.

With the amount of expired Polaroid Film out there, follow Polaroid photographer Ellen Jo Roberts tipped me off to a group (started by daser) that unites users of expired film via a group on FLICKR called POLAROID FAIL!

Bad Day for the Joycam
Failed exposures from the "oddball" Polaroid 500 format. The Polaroid 500 format was introduced in 1993 and never caught the imagination (or sales) of the picture-taking public.
non-image by me, Michael Raso

"Jammed film. Roller failure. Half exposures." It's all in this fab, new Flickr group!

expired captiva instant film- test shot of floyd & ivan
photo by EllenJo
Expired, defunct and forgotten - The Polaroid Joycam and 500 film format


Fresher, fun days! Canadian TV spot for the Polaroid Joycam. Folks in this commercial using Polaroid 500 film.


I've been experimenting with expired Polaroid films over the last 6 months and have found that most packs pre-2004 will...FAIL. :(

failure - Polaroid 500
Me after discovering that a $30. pack of film (purchased on e-bay) just jammed my new Polaroid Captiva camera (spilling caustic chemicals inside)

In 1993 Polaroid hired comedian Sinbad to star in a series of commercials for the new Polaroid Captiva / Polaroid 500 film


Sometimes, Failure can be Beautiful.

SX-70 Sonar OneStep
polaroid 600 film (without ND filter!)
expired 04-2003

Image by Julio Muñoz

picture in picture (take 1)
Image by sempull_tampush
picture in picture (take 1)

Remember expired film users...
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
- Winston Churchill

The Polaroid Fail! Gallery

Join us on Flickr!


Michael Raso
In 2009, I launched The Film Photography Podcast, an hour-long, bi-monthly Internet radio program exploring my passion for film photography and covering a wide range of topics relevant to the experienced / aspiring photographer using film as a medium.

No comments:

Post a Comment