Mission Soft Focus in Polaroid Dreams

I was so excited when Hiro went digging through his boxes of stuff and dragged out and old Polaroid 600 Extreme! I love my lil’ Fujifilm Instax but this is a goody from the old school and if you know me, well then you know I cannot resist.

Hiro and I took the Polaroid along on a long and winding walk on Saturday.
We walked through one of our favourite parks in London, Abney Park Cemetery which is a funny old place! There lays graves dating back hundreds of years besides families having picnics and old people strolling through the grass.

Anyway it seemed like a good place to stop and take a test shot!

I will sleep when I am dead.

Test shot 2 was taken on Sunday when I felt like making a paper crown!
Why not! Everyone can crown themselves Queen for a day.

It’s an exciting feeling when you hear the Polaroid chugging away to push out the photo.
It brought back all sorts of memories of happy days gone by and I think that this format serves a whopper for my hunger to produce dream like images.

I had to add this wonderful poem to this post!
Thank you “Speckled Hen” for this dulcet ballad.
You really have made this Old Cow, jump over the moon.xxx

I once had a polaroid..
Now I become paranoid….
Seeing a modern angel lying in the cemetery..
Inspector Clouseau please come and solve the mystry..

Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the polaroid with both my hands
And looked beyond the bury lands

I saw the the beautiful angel lie,
Adorned with flowers before my eye,
And many secret places more
That I have never seen before.

I saw a dimpling stream pass..
And people were busy passing the grass…
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping in to town.

If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,

To where the roads on either hand
Lead onward into the fairy land,
Where the old cow dines at five,
And where all the playthings come alive…



So about this contraption.
Built like a brick and just as solid.
Can you believe this is over 10 years old and still works perfectly?

A note to the Smart Alecs

I am sure that I will get a few readers with poised fingers itching to tell me that Polaroid is over and done with! Gone are the days of instant pics a la Polaroid 600!!


Have you heard? Lady Gaga was appointed a don of creatives for Polaroid earlier this year. In January, the brand unveiled plans for a new product line in Vegas. This will include a new and updated version on the OneStep camera and of course means the re release of instant film!!!

I am sure that the new camera will be rocket powered contemporary brilliance but that just ain’t how this Old Cow rolls! So I shall stick to my bulky weapon of choice and relish in the fact that I will be able to buy film readily and freely once again.

My advice? Go grab and oldy but a goody before the hype reaches its climax!

The Impossible Project

In the meantime I have found my way to getting a few packs of the PX600 Silver Shade Monochrome instant film from the bright sparks at The Impossible Project. I believe that this will be the 1st time that 600 instant film will be available in this shade and thus I extent my biggest hand shake to all involved in making this a reality for happy snappers like me.

Photo from Impossble website.

What’s more, they aim to bring out a colour film in a few months time!!
OH Happy Day!


I am certain that this will add a new dimension to my Mission Soft Focus.