One of my favorite hobbies since I was very little was capturing moments in time with my polaroid install camera. Even though photographic technology has changed dramatically with digital photography and camera phones, I still love taking instant photos and seeing what develops.
The best thing about instant photography is that you only have one shot to take an image. Since the film isn't readily available like it once was, it's a little expensive and it forces the photographer to really think about the content they're taking.
When I was little I used to collect Polaroid Cameras but sadly my collection was lost when I moved out of my family's home over a decade ago. Slowly but surely I've begun recollecting old cameras not just instant styles but also antique Kodak and Brownie style cameras all of which are currently in storage.
Since Polaroid no longer makes instant cameras and film like they used to, THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT has been recreating instant film to make it possible for people who did manage to save an old Polaroid camera. When founded in 2008, it was thought to be an expensive idea and because everyone was starting to go digital, that there wouldn't be enough people interested in the project. Happily, they were wrong, since then there has been a renewed movement of instant photographers that use this medium as contemporary art, fine art, or just for fun. Fuji Film has taken over the instant camera market and have been making cameras of different styles for the new generation of instant photographers.
With the rebirth of instax photography, even the best imperfect photos can be used in another creative way other than what they were originally shot for. Since the original image I was trying to take didn't come out, I can always add stickers to this image or use it as if I was looking at the night sky at a UFO maybe. The best asset with instant photography is an unrestricted imagination, that's why it's very poplar among younger photographers and children.