I always felt some sort of fascination for the instant film cameras. It started with a Polaroid on the shelf of a shop, back in a communist Romania. The shelf was too tall for the big-eyed kid that, a little time later, had to be happy with a Russian version that did a good job on 35 mm film – no instant gratification included, and consequently, no charm at all.
In time, Smena served me well, though. Then I forgot about Polaroid and instant films when I entered the digital (dark) side of photography that also served me well for many years in a row.
Still, I never stopped wondering how my photographic work would have looked like if only I had started out with that inaccessible Polaroid. I’ll probably never find out. Last year, though, I acquainted a more affordable Instax Mini, and I must confess I had quite a lot of moments when I felt like a big-eyed kid with a big wish granted.
The series that follows includes some of the photographs that transported me back to that time and changed it for me. As the adventure continues, I hope I’ll have more of such moments to share with you in the future.
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