phantom polaroid

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I just returned from a long weekend in Portland, Oregon.  I took four cameras.  I know, I under-packed.  I was expecting to see some fall colors and I was not disappointed.  Oregon, unlike here in Southern California, is covered in lovely yellow, reds, and orange.  I was thrilled.  One morning, I took my Polaroid iType out for a walk through a small local park.


My first image was fine, but each image after the first came out with scratches.  I was so disappointed.  I tried to find what was scratching the images, but I didn’t find the culprit.

This is the heartbreak of film.  There was nothing I could do.  After the film pack was done, I cleaned the rollers and dusted the inside of the camera.  I didn’t see what was causing the scratches, but my next film pack came out fine.  In the end, I have decided to look at these mistakes as spooky ghosts wanting a portrait.  It is October, after all.


~Staci Lee


  1. Oooh – LOVE that last frame! Also, this made me chuckle: “I took four cameras. I know, I under-packed.”


    • Thank you. I love that one too: it was the only one without a scratch on it. I am so glad my sarcasm came out in the type.

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