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Why Polaroid pictures are amazing

By: Tolu Taiwo

Polaroid pictures were invited in 1948, long before digital cameras were invented, long before computers were popular and I’m pretty sure long before dinosaurs were stomping around the Earth. They come from an instant camera that lets you click, point, shoot, and print (after about a minute or so. And that’s sans glitches). They don’t give you instant gratification like a digital, or like a camera phone that instantly upload your photos to Facebook (God bless you, Android). However, they are very artsy, and when done right, can turn a shot into a really pretty picture.

In the…2010s, photographer Parker Fitzgerald (hopefully in relation to F. Scott Fitzgerald; see “Why ‘The Great Gatsby’ is awesome” essay) took breathtaking Polaroid pictures of different people and things, including, but not limited to: Amanda Seyfried, a girl in a veil and an army guy. By themselves, these things might be lackluster, or at best, slightly interesting. In Polaroid, however, they are great.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Polaroid’s are amazing.

Footnote: If you want to Polaroid yourself, check out the Poladroid Project. 

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