Sunday, February 21, 2010

Poll Results: How often do you use 55?

Quite often, if available
  21 (42%)
Once in a while
  11 (22%)
  3 (6%)
Never have
  3 (6%)
Not yet, but maybe
  11 (22%)


Anonymous said...

I'm working toward my degree in photography and currently taking a course in large format. Our teacher has a stash and just let us shoot some last week. Amazing stuff. I want more! IMO, one of the reasons Polaroid went down is that they failed to market their instant film successfully. It's like they just gave up when digital cameras started becoming popular. Anytime I'm shooting a function where kids are present, I always shoot a pack of integral film and delight in seeing the kids witness their picture appear before their eyes. They inevitably want a camera that "does that" and implore their parents to get one.

Bob Crowley said...

I'm glad you like it. Polaroid's sales were down of course from digital photography, but it could have been a smaller, healthy business, had not Petters Group raided the company, its shareholders, and retiree's pensions. It would certainly have been possible to downsize (or "rightsize") Polaroid, and the thin film nano processing techniques could still have value in other fields. Petters was recently found guilty of fraud and will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.

There is nothing like having something "in hand" after taking a photo. It is an experience, a process, and of course, an art. Portrait painters lost nearly all their business when Daguerreotypes came along, but people still paint.