Project Instant

On a warm Saturday morning in June of 2012,
I took a chance and purchased a Polaroid SX-70 camera at a rural roadside yard sale. I'd wanted one of these since I was a child and my $5 purchase sparked a fascination and love once again for the instant camera icon.

Since that morning, I've added other secondhand Polaroid cameras to my collection. I've purchased some and several friends have also graciously given me a few as hand me down gifts. Publicly, I thank them all. Each camera has their own character, but one of my personal favorites is a pristine first series 1963 Model 100 Packfilm Polaroid Automatic Land Camera.

With the shutter not working, I purchased it with even more of a gamble than the SX-70. My camera crush was that the entire kit was like brand new, complete with all of the accessories neatly in place in the original Polaroid leatherette shoulder bag.

After days of repair research, I rolled up my sleeves and spent most of an entire Saturday afternoon attempting to repair the faulty shutter. There were a couple of failed attempts, some frustrations, and an abundance of persistence. Then it happened... I brought her back to life, making this beauty even more special than she already was.

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Instant ©2012 Gary Garbett

Summer's Black Eye

Summer’s Black Eye ©2012 Gary Garbett

The Good Boy

The Good Boy ©2013 Gary Garbett

Ripen Fast

Ripen Fast ©2012 Gary Garbett


Crossroads ©2013 Gary Garbett

With Love

With Love ©2013 Gary Garbett

Captured Peace

Captured Peace ©2013 Gary Garbett

Cantina Nights

Cantina Nights ©2012 Gary Garbett

Polaroid SX-70

Most of of my childhood’s family photo albums are filled with snapshots taken with Mom and Dad’s mid 1960s model Polaroid Swinger. As a child I always wanted a Polaroid. I purchased this SX-70 Sonar at a yard sale in 2012. It was my first Polaroid. ©2012 Gary Garbett

Polaroid 100 Filmpack Land Camera

I repaired the shutter release mechanism on this 1963 Polaroid 100 Filmpack Land Camera in the Summer of 2012. My proud do-it-yourself ownership is still very enthusiastic. ©2012 Gary Garbett