Polaroid SX-70 manipulations, in addition to Polaroid Type 59 Image transfers were a mainstay of my creativity for a number of years while Polaroid Corporation was fully functional and supporting artists. I have sorely missed the camera, which is a design masterpeice, in and of itself. While it has been fraught with issues, The Impossible Project took over the old Polaroid Plant in the Nethlerlands and has been manufacturing their own brand of instant film for the SX-70, in addition to other less expesive Polaroid models like the 600. The film is expensive (about three bucks a shot for a package of eight prints) and takes much longer to develop than the original Polaroid materials (up to 45 minutes for color film), and additionally must be placed in darkness during the development time immediately after ejecting from the camera. After scoping out Ebay for some time, I found a seller who refurbishes and guarantees his SX-70's so I bought the Alpha 1 model which has a built in tripod socket. Looking forward to testing both color and black and white film from The Impossible Project during the next few weeks after camera and films arrive. I have been needing something in the film world for my creative side, which may also include returning to Holga work. Being driven to create must be like mania is to a bipolar individual and I can fully understand medication non-compliance in that light, as frustrating as it can be for me as a provider.
"Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies."