Some photographers are into gear and following the latest developments in a quest to create technically superior images. Others capture moments, events, feelings and focus less on technical prowess. Some fortunate ones are adept at both. At this time I am the non-technical kind. However, I was recently seduced by an old idea, the instant camera.
There’s no shortage of instant gratification in the life of someone like me today. I live in a wealthy country, in its largest city. I can satisfy just about any whim that my time and budget will allow.
But like me, many people I know become overwhelmed by this. Our memories and experiences stack up fast and furious as tiny rectangles that reside in the cloud, in an app, or frozen as a jpeg on our computers. I print more often than most, but not usually without first studying and editing the image in Lightroom or Photoshop.
So, I was intrigued when Iearned of the rise of much improved instant cameras! I have just purchased a Fuji Square Sq10, a “hybrid” which combines digital camera features like an LCD screen, an internal memory and a micro SD card with the instant gratification of an instant print that you can watch develop in the palm of your hand.
Here are some of my first experiments.