Hello readers,

Last week, April 16 through April 21, was Polaroidweek 2017 (aka ‘Roidweek 2017). It’s the time of the year to celebrate instant photography. And just as every year it was awesome and inspirational. It’s really nice to see my Flickr and Instagram feed full of instant photos from all the people that I follow.

You can see all the Polaroidweek 2017 photos in the ‘Roidweek 2017 Flickr pool.

My Polaroidweek 2017

This year I wanted to be a little bit more adventurous, so I decided to use expired Polaroid film from the Impossible Project. Sometimes they sell kits with random expired Polaroid films. I bought one of these packs and received one pack of color film with a silver border and two packs of limited edition “Skateistan” Black & White film. I decided to use the color film.

Polaroid OneStep closeup, vintage camera from Polaroid that uses 600 instant film.
Polaroid OneStep closeup, vintage camera from Polaroid that uses 600 instant film.

It was also the perfect time to test out my new Polaroid OneStep closeup camera that I won from Dan Finnen. I highly recommend that you read his detailed reviews about various Polaroid cameras, or his guide on Buying Used Polaroid Cameras.

My Photos
Polaroidweek 2017 #1. Pink blossom blooming in the tree. Located in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek 2017 #1
Pink blossom blooming in the tree. Located in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek 2017 #2. Wild Boar Squeaker digging in the ground. Park Berg & Bos, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek 2017 #2
Wild Boar Squeaker digging in the ground. Park Berg & Bos, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek #3. These purple tulips are part of the "Tulp Festival" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek #3
These purple tulips are part of the “Tulp Festival” in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek #4. This field of colorful orange and yellow tulips can be seen at the "Tulp Festival" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek #4
This field of colorful orange and yellow tulips can be seen at the “Tulp Festival” in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Taken with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek #5. Field with yellow and orange tulips. Taken at the "Tulp Festival" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
Polaroidweek #5
Field with yellow and orange tulips. Taken at the “Tulp Festival” in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with the Polaroid OneStep closeup using expired Impossible Project 600 film.
My experience

It was really fun to try out a new Polaroid camera. While the Polaroid OneStep closeup isn’t the most beautiful camera out there, it’s still an iconic Polaroid camera. It’s easy to use and feels like a well-made camera. I was pleasantly surprised that it is even possible to make photos with this Polaroid camera without using the flash. The only downside is the “closeup” function. The piece of plastic that slides in front of the lens only makes the photo blurry. But overall I’m really happy with this camera. I was also very pleased with the expired Polaroid film from the Impossible Project. It worked almost as good as their normal film. I only had a minor defect in one of the photos. As they advised I stored it in the refrigerator, and I believe that that is the reason why it still worked great.

I really enjoyed this years Polaroidweek. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about my new Polaroid camera. I’m happy that I used the expired Impossible film, it was a lot less expense which made me worry less when I was photographing. While it still isn’t cheap, I at least wouldn’t feel bad if the photo wasn’t very good. And because I wasn’t worrying about this my photos turned out better than expected. I am very happy with the results, especially considering that I used this camera and the expired film for the first time.

So let me know what you think of my Polaroids. And did you shoot your own instant film this Polaroidweek?

Sincerely,

Timmy