i took one, actually two (three actually, but I didn’t like one of them) for the team today….
I broke into my last pack of Polaroid 665 in honor of the last three days of THIS — YOU MUST SUPPORT OR I’LL STOP LOVING YOU — KICKSTARTER for New55 Film. Inventor Bob Crowley needs your support to market and distribute new positive/negative 4x5 instant film — to fill the chasm left by the defunct Polaroid 55. The stuff I used up there is its 3x4 iteration, shot in my 4x5 camera. You generally rate your ISO for the glorious, printable negative ( which, in these cases, I hastily cleared and barely waited to dry in order to make this post). You also get a usable print, that depending how you rate the exposure can be potentially preferable (as is the case with my self(ish) portrait up there).
The point is, the shit is magic. And they don’t make it no more. It’s a fortune on ebay and getting scarcer. I know you guys, at least some of 50,000 of you, love film or you wouldn’t be here. You may even hashtag your photos #Ibelieveinfilm. Well #ibelieveitsgoingbyybye. Stock by stock, company by company.
I quite literally can’t imagine a world without THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT . I’ve been shooting Polaroid all my life and the gap they managed to fill, in such a short amount of time has been nothing short of miraculous.
New55 has the potential to fill another crater left by the demolition of Polaroid. There are too many artists to mention whose work you admire, who have used such pos/neg instant film, without you possibly knowing it, but without which they simply wouldn’t have managed to create such iconic images. Or you yourself, as a photographer, perhaps have loved and lost it.
Time is running very short and Mr. Crowley is alllll….most there. The campaign has currently raised 300k. Remarkable. But not enough. So, PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HASHTAGS ARE
and help make history by contributing to the future of film.