I’ve been eyeing the Polaroid Land cameras for a long while now. I have to admit, the sheer volume of models slightly worried me. How would I ever be able to choose the right one? But after borrowing one from David, my uber mentor in all things photographic , I was determined to get one for myself. So after months of reading up on them, I finally chose the Polaroid Land Model 250 as it seemed a reliable and favourite model of many.
There is something about pulling out the film is quite addictive. I had the whole family count the seconds on our picnic in oxford until I could unpeel the film and we all watched as the image was revealed. Yes, there will be more fun with this camera over the summer, as I have some serious learning to do. There are so many dials and knobs to twiddle. But it’s good fun! And I adore that there’s something about the images which immediately takes me to the past.
After a particularly long day at work and with the sun still shining, Miles and I headed to the park to see the blossom. But which camera to take? The lovely Cara has been encouraging me to shoot some film with my Contax 645 so I packed it and a roll of film. I am in love with the results. Every shot was a winner. Thank you Cara for the push! And to Suzi for your words. Always.
We spent a lovely Sunday enjoying the sun in our music room before heading out to Whitstable.
We had lunch in Whitstable with plenty of fizz to go around; I took these before the fizz flowed. I have to admit several of my pictures after lunch were a bit blurry. I can’t imagine why!
The clouds blew away while we were eating and some of us dipped our toes in the sea.
We threw stones into the sea, as is traditional at the beach.
And headed into Whitstable to see the latest shops before going home.
I spent a very cold hour one Thursday morning, enjoying the sights and smells of Deptford Market with my Contax Aria, my new trusty sidekick. The Aria is much smaller than the Contax 645, which makes it easier to approach strangers in new situations, while still being able to shoot film. I’m warming up for a bigger documentary project. Well, actually two…but that’s another story.