Up until recently I didn’t consider myself remotely interested in instant photography, it was that weird middle ground between shooting “normal” film and waiting a bit before seeing the results from the lab and the instant result of digital. Sure there was a certain aesthetic to Polaroids but it wasn’t anything that had appealed to me as something to try. That changed recently.
A little over two months ago I got my hands on the new One Step 2 from Polaroid Originals and in all honesty I haven’t been able to put it down. It’s become the third camera to have in a bag with me (along with something that shoots 35mm and something that shoots medium) and I have been burning through packs of film like you wouldn’t believe. It probably has something to with the fact that as it has a USB rechargeable battery I’ve convinced myself that it’s cheaper than buying batteries over and over again, although in truth the film is still quite pricey. But I also just love the look of the thing, it’s all angles and retro, what’s not to like?
Of course it also helps that the newer Polaroid Originals I-Type film looks pretty cool as well, saturated and low res looks that just appeal to me a lot. Yes, it’s not perfect but I’m not really looking for perfect from something like this.
What can I say? I’m a convert to the world of instant photography from this little thing.