When I Say “Roid”, You Say “Polar”

A colleague sent along this article, noting the official demise of Polaroid film. This month will be the last production month of this glorious film.

It truly is the end of an era. I have hundreds of old Polaroids shot by my parents and grandparents, and still love the look of them. To be fair though, I’m not as big a fan of the 1980’s vintage Polaroid prints — they all seem to be a bit fuzzy, and didn’t have the whole “peel off” processing of their ancestors. And man, nothing smelled quite like a Polaroid print. (Yes, I was one of those kids that also loved the smell of ditto reproduction, too.)

I love digital, but it’s real hard to hand a digital print to someone straight out of the camera – you have to carry a photo printer with you, and that’s just not practical a lot of times. A lot of the allure of Polaroid prints was that instant “shoot and share” that digital just can’t deliver.

One day, not too far off, I think there’ll be a whole generation for whom the word “film” will either evoke a comment about how old that is, or will only be associated with motion pictures. That’s a sad day comin’.