3.26.2008

orange-y glow, happy day



After wanting one for years, and years, I bought myself a polaroid sx-70 a few months ago. Since then it has been sitting on my kitchen counter waiting to be shipped back to it's previous owner, who kindly offered to buy it back if I had any trouble. The first two rolls of film I tried in it were a horrible mess. Of the twenty shots, 2 were recognizable. Most jammed up before the made it out.

Why I didn't send it back right away I don't know. Every morning I have looked at it and wished I could use it. I love the look of the leather and chrome. I love that it folds small enough to throw into any bag. Today, I decided I loved it enough to keep it even if it doesn't work. But, I wasn't going to look at it everyday any more, it was at least going to live in a closet somewhere.

And, then I halfheartedly aimed at J.K. who was eating his cereal, thinking it was for the last time, when to our surprise it did work! The three of us did a little cheer and dance. Did it heal itself? Was it bad film? Have we experienced a miracle? We'll never know, but I do believe it is time to stock up on lots of film.

14 comments:

futurowoman said...

That's wonderful!!! :) There's nothing like an SX-70. They are simply amazing cameras! BTW, I got my Chico Bag today-I'm so excited to use it tomorrow--thanks for sending it so quickly :)

Alicia said...

Thanks Nancy! Happy shopping.

jen said...

welcome to the addiction ;)

Swirly said...

Hee...I got a a Diana camera quite a long time ago and it works totally fine but I have been so intimidated by it - film?? slide film?? Then I finally decided to just go for it and I'll be taking my first three rolls for developing this week. We'll see how they turn out...

sara, the wine makers wife said...

I really like the pic of J.K.

bettyninja said...

It has got to be good kharma coming back at you. I love polaroids.

JLC Studio said...

Wow...these are beautiful, love the quality of light! Good thing it started working for you so you could capture these beautiful shots :)

futurowoman said...

Thank you so much for adding my blog to your list! I'm planning on returning the favor once I get some time (hopefully this weekend) to compile an artits links list for mine. I also wanted to tell you that I used my Chico Bag for the first time at the grocery store yesterday--I love it! I'll be getting more from you in the near future :) Have a lovely weekend, Alicia!

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audra said...

in my photo class this past week, i got to manipulate sx70 polaroid film and then checked your blog to find you were using one! so weird. haha those cameras are pretty cool.

Mrs.French said...

I want one! These are amazing photos!

Elsa Kendall said...

Alicia, Wow! I had no idea film was still available for the SX-70. Some of my favorite images were made with this camera. It sits languishing in a closet as I thought it would have to go on display as an ANTIQUE with my Brownie Hawkeye, etc :-) Where do you get your (690?) film from? Love your work. Just beauty-full.

Alicia said...

Yes, the original film is no longer available. But, You might find this link helpful
http://www.foundphotography.com/PhotoThoughts/archives/2006/06/polaroid_sx70_modification_for.html
for adapting your camera to use 600 film. (I didn't even change the filter...wondering if it would make much difference? Mine are a little bright, but I like the extra whiteness.)
Also, there is this new SX-70 blend film http://www.lordofthelens.net/servlet/Detail?no=10
I have tried a pack, but really don't feel it is worth the additional cost. Happy shooting!

The Passive Observer said...

Wow, that looks amazing. Love the blog!