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Displaying Polaroids

Our friend's grandfather taken with a Polaroid camera some time during the 1960s. I float-mounted the Polaroid inside of an 8" x 8" glass frame.

Between my posts about the Moment Lenses, I wanted to share with readers my technique for displaying Polaroids. A friend of ours recently asked me to frame a cherished Polaroid of her grandfather taken some time during the 60s. Her father had kept the Polaroid in his wallet for a number of years resulting in a well loved, but damaged picture. The friend wanted the Polaroid framed before it became completely destroyed. I do not have the skills to scan and restore old photos and encouraged her to do so. One of the challenges for me was to mount and frame the Polaroid so that if in the future our friend wanted to have a restored photograph it could be easily removed and scanned.

The Polaroid was carefully attached to a small piece of foam core.

I typically mount my Polaroids to a Polaroid Print Mount. These self-adhesive cardboard mounts were sold by Polaroid and helped prevent instant photographs from getting creases, tears, and other damage. The more modern mounts included a template for the owner to record information such as the subject, date, name, address, and additional copies of the Polaroid. I chose not to mount our friend's Polaroid to a print mount because I was worried that it might further damage the delicate picture. Instead, I used a non-toxic adhesive to carefully attach the Polaroid to a small piece of foam core. By float-mounting the Polaroid, it provides a pleasing separation between the image and its background (another piece of foam core).


Our friend's Polaroid of her grandfather (on the left) and Olive (on the right) from the series, Olive in the Wild. 

This is my favorite method for displaying my Polaroids. While it takes some time and patience, it is rewarding to show off one's works of art. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in having one or several Polaroids framed. If readers are interested in doing this on their own here is a link with a more detailed description explaining how I frame my Polaroids.

Welcome! (First time visitors should start here.)

This is, I hope, my third and final Polaroid Blog web site. (Actually, it's number four if I count my Word Press site.) I'm leaving this page at the top so that first time visitors can get a feel for what can be found on this site.

First and foremost, I no longer shoot Polaroid cameras. I know, weird! Right? Now that Fuji no longer manufactures peel-apart film there's no more film left to shoot. Although that's not entirely true, I don't want to pay the asking prices for today's film. As of this post, a box of Fuji FP-100c (10 shots) is going for $28. While I have no problem with the law of supply and demand, I simply don't want to spend that kind of money on a box of film given what I like to shoot. So, why the blog? I will always have a soft spot in my heart for instant photography. I grew up with it (and thought it was pure magic), and it brings back lots of happy memories. I have 100s of instant photos of our daughter and I hope that she will grow to love and cherish them as much as I love and cherish the photos taken of me.

So, what am I shooting with these days? My iPhone. I am as excited about mobile (and digital in general) photography as I was about the Polaroid camera and film. I am also learning about video and editing and look forward to perfecting these skills. I have and use a number of accessories with my iPhone that I will write more about in a future post. A lot of my work is posted on Instagram as well as Eyem. Use the links below to find me.

Included on this site are a number of instant film projects I have worked on over the years as well as scans of Polaroids I've inherited. The following link will take visitors to my old Word Press site, which contains (I think) useful information on Polaroid cameras and accessories.

My favorite page is the Found Family Polaroids. These include both integral and peel-apart Polaroids taken of me over my years of growing up. I've also included a post about my framing technique. My framed Polaroids are float-mounted and this is a service I will gladly offer to others. Stay tuned for more information.

Finally, everything on this site is my own opinion. I'm not paid to push or promote anyone's product or service. (If I am, I will make note of it in my posts.) When reviewing photo equipment and gear, I will do my best to be fair and honest. In addition, I plan to write posts about the apps I'm using. These are as important as the equipment. Without them, I wouldn't be able to post yet another picture our daughter. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments. Instant photography experts abound as do experts in general. I maintain this site because I want to share with others my passion for Polaroid cameras and instant photography. Take it or leave it, but thanks for stopping by and taking a look around!