Is The Impossible Project just that?
by Mark Allred
I've been into anlalogue photography for the last year or so, messing around with a Holga, Diana F+ and more recently a Seagull and Lubitel. I think the charm's in the unpredictability of using the cameras, and also in the way each distorts the image (the latter two cameras do this a bit less than the former two).
An aspect of analogue photography that has pretty much disappeared now is instant film. Polaroid used to produce this, but stopped in 2008 because few people were buying it.
But there's still a stalwart group of Polaroid users. 532,550 images on Flickr are tagged "Polaroid" (though I'd imagine quite a few of those are faux-polaroids) and the main Polaroid group has just under 14,000 members and over 150,000 images in its pool.
A group of Polaroid photographers have taken it upon themselves to resurrect the production of instant film; The Impossible Project are setting about restarting the manufacture of new types of instant film in a factory in the Netherlands.
However, production seems to have hit a snag, and "an unexpected surprise of impossibility within production occured on the weekend of February 6th". The Impossible Project haven't really said much more than that, apart from moving their press conference announcing their product launch back to the tail-end of March.
So, will instant film be available again soon, or will we start to see analogue photography fade away?
I took this. Down the Social with the Diana and a fisheye lense.