Bertie News | Episode 02: Eleven Weeks Old

Q: Are there advantages when your girlfriend goes on holiday without you?
A: Duh Yeah! You get to look after the puppy for a whole week

And much of that week was spent chasing him round the garden with a Polaroid, trying to get him to stay still.

Bertie the working cocker spaniel puppy at 11 weeks old / Polaroid SX-70 Sonar / Polaroid Originals Color SX-70 Film

Working Cocker Spaniel Puppy Polaroid

The Impossible Project – now called Polaroid Originals – has had remarkable success since its inception in 2008. When Polaroid announced they would stop making film, the IP founders had a Victor Kiam-esque moment and bought the company. Well, some of the machinery at least.

And as much as I’ve admired them over the years, I’ve avoided resurrecting my own Polaroid SX-70. The early formulations of the film were quite flakey, and the price continues to be expensive; roundabout £17 ($21) for 8 shots. (NB I can’t quite believe 17 quid currently only buys 21 bucks).

Nevertheless, recently lamenting the loss of my Polaroid Land Camera has made me reconsider. The latest iteration of the film seems stable, and all things considered I can afford the odd pack here and there.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say when I’ve shot all eight frames. That could be a little while yet though because, at over two quid a pop, I’m a little bit selective about when I press that shutter button.


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3 comments on “Bertie News | Episode 02: Eleven Weeks Old

  1. Nice puppy dog, and the photo quality is better than I expected from instant film. I’d like to read your review of the film when you use up all eight frames. I’ve thought about getting an instant camera, but the film is either too expensive, too small, or bad quality. I could get an instant printer for my X-T3, but it’s not the same.
    (P.S. I moved my blog to marcuspeddle.net)

  2. The quality, from a technical perspective, is certainly inferior. But I do think the film has a lovely character. And there’s something magical about instant photography, It certainly must have seemed like magic at the time.

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