Back when I bought my Polaroid 1000 land camera, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. And to be honest, I still do. Its just so simple. First, adjust the exposure dial depending on how sunny it is, then point and shoot. In just 30 minutes you have a fully developed one-off image, that you can do anything you want with.
I mean, everyone loves a DSLR. You can spend hours on end fiddling away with features until you're red in the face, but in the end you always have a perfectly refined photo that you can show off to the world. Polaroids are much more personal. You can't necessarily share them in the same way. You actually need to show it to your friends if you want them to see how good it is.
The revival of vinyl and other analogue platforms have probably done a lot for instant photography. People are starting to realise that these old, apparently outdated formats are actually quite timeless. Just £25 will buy you a decent 'Polaroid camera' on websites such as eBay. Its remarkable to think that you can buy something so special and interesting for that kind of money at the drop of a hat. There are other options for shooting instant film like Fujifilm's more modern instax cameras, however they are slightly different and the cameras are much more expensive.
Once you do have your camera, all you need to do is buy some film and find a subject. Me being me, I decided to take my first photo of my 1996 Rover Mini. Its not the most majestic or photogenic car in the world, but i love it to bits and thats exactly the kind of relationship you need to have with your subject when shooting instant film.
And so, I took my first photo. Its not brilliant, but it means a lot. It will always be one of my favourite photos, it was my first one and it was of my car. The noticeable blurriness of the photo is a signature feature of Polaroid pictures. They aren't as refined as digital photos and the film is unpredictable, so you never know how a shot will turn out.
This photo kickstarted my collection and stands as my benchmark. So, if Yazz was right, and the only way is up, then hopefully my photos will only get better from here. We'll just have to wait and see.