The last of the Polaroid cameras to be resurrected from winter hibernation-the Polaroid Macro 5-a beast of a square looking monster that was used in dental and medical applications before the advent of digital technology. So rather than shooting a flower or a watch in hand, someone got excited about a tooth that was being prepped for a root canal. This is a two handled camera that focuses by the user getting closer or further away from the subject and lining up to beams of light that appear on the subject in the viewfinder. When both beams are merged into one dot, the image is focused (easier said than done). Regardless of obscene ergonomics, still a blast to use. Shoots the same film as my Polaroid Spectra Pro (rectangular format). Learned about this camera from my friend, Peggy on Flickr, who owns and makes Polaroid Art with one.
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
― Susan Sontag