I love polaroid photography! Polaroid photography requires you to think about your shot (you basically only got one) and you have an everlasting memory on paper (instead of on your computer). However, most importantly it’s fun and starts conversations!
Polaroid portraits from Peru
During a recent trip to Peru I brought my polaroid camera with me and took and gave away polaroid photo’s. This often led to unexpected, unique and memorable encounters. It was much appreciated that we gave a portrait back instead of just taking a portrait. Often people insisted on giving a small gift back varying from a cup of tea, a key-chain or a homemade cake. Of some people I also took a photo with my DSLR together with their polaroid photo for the Travel By Polaroid initiative and a few of these photo’s can be found here.
Ernesto, the cop who loves his job
The shy girl in Pisac
Vince, the kind museum guard who helped us rescue a pigeon
Young taxi driver Julio who drove us to the Bolivian border
Luz and Lisandro from Juli, who helped us found our way around Lake Titicaca
Nicolas and Alejandra of the souvenir stall where I bought a small beautiful backpack
Inka cola and friends (and free tea for us after the photo ;))
The beautiful pink market ladies
Video about the magic of giving away a polaroid in Mongolia
The polaroid camera
Yes, it’s a huge thing to carry around, but I still love my Fujifilm Instax 210 Polaroid Camera. The polaroid photo’s of the Instax 210 are of good size (99 mm x 62 mm), have space for a nice caption and are of good quality. The camera itself has a comfortable grip on the right side, flash and a close-up lens. The disadvantage of the camera is its size (both your DSLR and polaroid camera in a daypack is quite a lot), the vulnerability (the camera is made of plastic) and the automated flash (which you cannot turn off). Still, because of the size of the polaroid photo’s it is still my number one choice for traveling. The Instax 210 is about 60 USD. Read the full review here.
Travel by Polaroid
These photo’s were taken for the ‘Travel by Polaroid‘ website. This inspiring website -founded by world travelers Grietje Evenwel and Izabel Kapteyn- encourages people to take polaroid photo’s while traveling. On their website you can find polaroid photo’s and the accompanying stories from all over the world from Botswana and Indonesia tot the USA and Colombia.
Taking polaroid photos is fun and rewarding, because:
1. You can give something back to the local community ‘Not only do you take a memory home, you also leave one behind’.
2. Giving away a polaroid often ends in special encounters ‘No more nameless portraits anymore’
3. The appearance of the polaroid on the photo paper remains something magical and brings wonder and joy to people
4. Taking a polaroid photo’s is something you do with great consideration (not from anyone, not always).
Travel by Polaroid’s answer on ‘Why you should travel by polaroid?’:
BECAUSE WE HOPE THE QUESTION:
Can I take your picture ?
MAY BE FOLLOWED BY:
And can I give it back ?
What do you think? Will you take a polaroid camera with you on your next trip?