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The $9.99 Polaroid Failure Project

2/04/2017 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

The Polaroid OneStep SX-70

Today we the pleasure to feature film editor Vashi Nedomansky  with his latest post 'The $9.99 Polaroid Failure Project'. We hope you enjoy .

Sometimes failure can be a good thing. Sometimes the accidental can be refreshing. Sometimes not planning can create surprising results. Last week I bought a Polaroid OneStep SX-70 camera for $9.99 at a thrift store in Joshua Tree, California. I planned on shooting a great 8-photograph series in the Mojave Desert. I inserted my Impossible Project color film and then chaos ensued.

All 8-photographs exposed themselves and ejected from the faulty camera in 12 seconds. The shutter was apparently stuck and $23.49 worth of film flew out of the Polaroid as I screamed WTF and wildly swung the camera around while pointing it out the window.

My preparations on subject, exposure, composition, focus, lighting and framing were null and void and all I had were 8 shots taken automatically in 12 seconds by a screaming lunatic holding a click crazy camera.

You know what…I really love them. Here are the photographs in chronological order as they came out of the camera:

The 8 Prematurely Ejected Photographs
The 8 Prematurely Ejected Photographs

The takeaway I learned is ALWAYS test your Polaroid camera with an empty film pack as the battery inside the pack is the power source for the camera.

Test your Polaroid with a used film pack
Test your Polaroid with a used film pack

You can learn more about the iconic Polaroid SX-70 here and if you have an old Polaroid that needs some repairs or customization then check out 2ndshotsx70

Until next time…

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About Vashi Nedomansky:

Vashi Vashi Nedomansky has been a film editor in Los Angeles for the past 15 years.Vashi has edited 9 feature films including the global phenomenon “SHARKNADO 2“, the comedy “AN AMERICAN CAROL” for director David Zucker (Airplane, Scary Movie) and the PTSD documentary “THAT WHICH I LOVE DESTROYS ME” for director Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch, Felon). His company Vashi Visuals has provided post production workflow and consulting services for films including GONE GIRL directed by David Fincher and DEADPOOL directed by Tim Miller.

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