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Last Spectra Standing

In Hindsight 1


Polaroid Originals released the following statements on their website on Oct. 2, 2019. “An important message about our Spectra film.”

Since 1986, Spectra has played an important part in Polaroid’s film offering and in the world of analog instant photography. With three decades behind them, these wide format cameras are now coming to the end of their useful lives. Jamming and frequent breakdowns are now affecting the majority of these cameras, and unfortunately, this is not something we can influence with our film.

After extensive testing, we have concluded that we cannot support these cameras any longer. So today, with a heavy heart, we are announcing the end of production for Spectra film.

As we share in the sadness with our community, we continue to focus on the future of analog instant photography through enhancing our core range, and through continued work on our film chemistry. We look forward to working with our community to test new products and to keep analog instant photography thriving well into the future.

If you are one of the lucky few with a fully working Spectra camera, you can still purchase the final batch on sale now for the next few months.

Thank you for your continued belief in analog instant photography,

Oskar Smolokowski
CEO, Polaroid Originals

Our manufacturing team led an intensive, 6-month testing and improvement plan on Spectra cameras and our film. We optimized the dimensions and deflection angle of the ejecting film, reduced the pod weight, and lowered the mask friction through different coatings. We also carried out multiple battery tests with different voltages and currents from different suppliers.

This fault is completely random and depends on many variables with each pack of film and the configuration of the camera circuitry. There is, unfortunately, no simple fix.

Andrew Billen
Head of Global Manufacturing, Polaroid Originals

in hindsight 08 back

Pictured above: backside of In Hindsight no. 8. 
Cover photo: In Hindsight no. 1.

First introduced in the 1980s, Polaroid’s Spectra & Image camera systems use a special wide-format instant film, and were popular in a number of professional settings, such as police forensics and medical examinations (though these days they’re more popular for landscapes and experimental photography). Their unique designs are pretty cool, and they have all types of features like self-timers and super close-up lenses too. So if you like your style with a bit of substance, look no further.

Format: 4.1″ x 4.0″ (103 mm x 101 mm)
Image area: 3.5″ x 2.9″ (90 mm x 73 mm)
Development time: 10-15 minutes

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DELIRIUM (Long Way To Reno)




This video clip is a short teaser for a video production I’m currently working on in between other projects. This is a project purely for myself, I have no intended home for it other than my website or YouTube, etc. I’m also using it as a way to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro.

I’ve found that I really love working with moving pictures, sound, music and other elements to tell a different kind of story. Film, in this case digital video, as a visual media art form it has the obvious ability to not only create an image, but to incorporate more elements to bring the viewer deeper. Thus, bringing the viewer into your world, your story, your reality. 

Even the element of time itself is a facet that plays a large role in this medium. The film is a duration over a period of time, rather than singular moment or object. To capture the viewers attention and hold it for your chosen period, is something amazing in and of itself.

I’ve only begun to explore what potential this film might turn out to be. I have some loose storyboards, themes, and ideas as to how I want this to feel. Beginning mostly from clips I’ve held onto without reason, suddenly now seem to final find their way to a purpose. 

As with my other work, I’m keeping within an abstract mind frame. Jumping from one location to another and back again. Irrelevant to the greater picture, their continuity makes sense in the same way a dream does. Like memories that dance through your mind, playful daydreams, and secret fantasies. 

Non-linear, yet somehow there’s a end to the beginning is the end (yes, I meant that). Perhaps only to find Auntie Em and Toto too.



Boise, ID
Reno, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Palm Springs, CA
A roadside in Oregon


Mid 2018 — 2019


“Random Effect”
by 4bstr4ck3r
Available on FMA


Late 2019 — 2020


Perhaps I’m being too open with this process as it is only in its infant stages. Oh well. I decided I would share some of the reference points that I draw from as I take on this project. I don’t expect to live up to these amazing artists, but I’d be lying if I didn’t make it known that their work has made its mark on my artistic outlook and given much inspiration to me.

Róisín MurphyTen Miles High 

Directed by Herself.
I haven’t read anything as to what her artistic goal was with the video, but I image the next videos in my list here probably aren’t unknown to her. 

See also, her video for Simulation.

Doug Aitken New Era

This installation piece, along with many of his other sculptures, installations, films and performances, are a major influence for me.
Read the Press Release.

(I know it says Sorry, click it to see the trailer on Vimeo.)

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance

Directed by Godfrey Reggio
Music composed by Philip Glass
Cinematography by Ron Fricke

This 1982 American experimental film. First of a trilogy that depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature and technology.


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Matthew Barney: Redoubt | Yale University Art Gallery

Redoubt is a comprehensive catalogue of the artist’s newest project, which centers on a two-hour film that creates a complex portrait of the American landscape by layering classical, cosmological, and American myths about humanity’s place in the natural world. In the film, the goddess Diana and her two attendants traverse the rugged terrain of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.

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Who knew Matthew Barney was working on his film in Idaho?!
Is Björk writing an album out there in the snow?
uhhhhh, Most likely not.
Why do I still have them linked in my brain?
March 1, 2019 – June 16, 2019
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

September 28, 2019–December 15, 2019
UCCA, Beijing

March 4, 2020–May 10, 2020
Hayward Gallery, London

As you can read above, showings of the film will be at Yale University, then off to China. I suspect hoping for a potential showing anyplace near Idaho would be a bit ridiculous… 

I wasn’t aware of Barney’s connection to Boise. I thought they were talking about his connection to Björk, I get the two confused so often. Now that I’ve beaten the SWAN completely to death now… 

Sawtooth Tales

Dick D’Easum
Caxton Press
, 1977