Being a 20-something living in a big 20-something city, I’ve latched onto a few (relatively) recent “hipster” trends. Sorry, but it’s true.

This one? Polaroid photography.

Polaroid discontinued printing their film at the beginning of 2009. Luckily, I already had a few packages, but I snatched up a few more in the middle of last year. I’ve got two Polaroid cameras, but only one that accepts the film I’ve got.

Over the past two years, I’ve taken several handfuls of Polaroids. You may remember seeing some of them on my Twitter background. Every now and then, I’ll try and give you story behind the photo. This week: the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

Polaroid

Okay, so first, a moderately known fact: I’m actually from Texas. Sure, I live in Boston now, but I basically grew up in Texas for all of my formative years. Being a Texan expat, I like to go back and see my friends every now and then. In March 2009, my friend Liz and I went down to Austin to visit our good buddy Valeah.

We had a lot of fun with the Polaroid camera, but I also wanted a couple shots of recognizable attractions in the city. This one is the Texas State Capitol building.

The State Capitol hasn’t been without controversy. In 2005, there was a Supreme Court ruling concerning a monument of the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds. In my opinion, Texas politics is always in the news. Especially this week with the recent Texas Board of Education’s changes to curriculum.

That’s the extent of my Texas trivia for this week! If you’re interested in Polaroid news, check out SavePolaroid.com.

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  1. I have heard that Polaroid sold their company and the new cameras aren't of the same quality as the original ones. But, if you have an old polaroid camera then your all set with just needing film.

  2. I miss Polaroids and it makes me feel old thinking about it. However, you can get some great pictures with film. I miss it…

  3. Adam

    Oh they're so much fun!

    I have to figure out what to do with all my shots, though. At least with stickers, you can stick 'em on things.

  4. Adam

    For sure.

    Although, polaroids were always kinda expensive. A pack of 10 photos cost over $20. When you can see $2 disappear with every click of the shutter, it definitely makes you think more about each and every shot.

  5. Yup, polaroids are on the come back but I suspect it'll be outrageously expensive now that the hipsters love them :)

  6. Love it, I don't think I've ever used a Polaroid. Except for maybe the kind that had stickers.

  7. ShannonOD

    I thought I had heard that someone took over the brand and was going to
    begin producing film again…or am I crazy? Anyhow – that's some tough
    choices ahead for those last eight shots! Can't wait to see what you pick
    :-)

  8. Adam

    Yep, it's true! I think a German company took over one of their manufacturing plants and more film is expected in the next year or so…

  9. Adam

    Polaroid shots are definitely unique. And I'm getting some really interesting ones now that my film is almost 9 months expired!

    Only 8 shots left, though. Have to use them wisely.

  10. ShannonOD

    I love that you use a Polaroid camera still – I never got into that much before they went out of use, so now it's a bit late to jump on that trend. But! I think they take an incredibly unique shot :-)

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