i’m not sure if i’m legitimately bothered by the fake Polaroid apps/editing techniques…
i mean, the real villain in all this is the Polaroid corporation discontinuing 600 Instamatic film in the first place, but there’s still something that can’t quite be duplicated by the iPhone “shake it” app, or cropping a regular picture into a square and pasting it into a white Polaroid border.
i’m certainly no purist, but i also like working with the real thing, despite all its hassles with jacked up eBay auctions and unreliable quality from secondhand sellers.
any other way just feels like cutting corners.
and besides, there’s no thrill in looking at your iPhone eagerly anticipating the image revealing itself.
and while i use digital mostly, sometimes simultaneously with the polaroid, i like the way the limitations of the film, not to mention the expense and scarcity, require a very different economy of vision compared to digital.
with digital i can just snap snap snap away and worry about which one is the right shot later.
but with Polaroid film (and all film, really), there’s more at stake, and really looking and lining it up and getting it right is more crucial.
also, conversely, it makes it even more special and remarkable when a shot comes spontaneously from the hip and yet turns out amazingly spectacular for all involved.