Ancient Photo Material

Polaroid Works

The camera itself was not that expensive. But all the stuff you needed to go with it added up quick. Especially the lenses. They could cost up to $2500 each or more, depending on their quality and you would need at least 3 different ones. It’s funny, but those lenses are not so expensive these days, but that same camera sells used for 2 or 3 times what I paid for it. I really had no problem letting it go, as I knew it was going to a good home to someone who would use it. And it helped me buy my next camera.

I am sorry to hear about your other photographer friend passing away. Sorry as well, to hear too that digital killed his business. It happened to a lot of photographers, especially older ones who didn’t feel they could adapt. And there were a few too who decided to stick with film, convinced they could still make a go of it. As an artist, maybe, but not in the commercial world. I remember the day I sat staring my computer and fiddling around with a very old version of Photoshop and thinking if I don’t get on board with this, in 5 years I will be out of business and I was too young for that. I embarked on a massive make over all of my business and went completely digital. It was expensive upfront but over time it was the cost effective thing to do. I shot my last film for a client in 2004 and closed my darkroom in 2006 and never looked back. I still love my film work, but don’t miss the analog process. These days I scan my old film when I want to bring it to life. I still have several rolls of film and boxes of photo paper in fridge I think I may use one day. But I doubt it. At the moment I am seriously thinking of donating it to high school photo program. There is one school doing some pretty cool stuff in the dark room still, and I suspect they would be thrilled to have the ancient photo material.