Ohhh Instax….you sneaky little nostalgia generator!
I am one of those lucky bloggers that owns a FujiFilm Instax (Mini) camera. If you’re not familiar, it’s pretty much a modern Polaroid camera, except it looks like a cartoon prop. Seriously – it’s so silly, my friend snapped a pic of me using it & then proceeded to post it to Instagram:
Yes, it’s clunkier than any of today’s camera’s BUT it prints the photo out instantly! And what’s better than instant gratification?
Alright, if I’m being honest: the film isn’t cheap, the prints are pretty small (although, it is an Instax mini) and the quality of the pics is always a crapshoot. It’s a good reminder of what it’s like to take pictures with film. You can’t take 10 shots and then pick the best one…you take one shot & hope it’s good. There ARE digital Instax cameras – but, come onnnn – this is WAY more exciting :P
I’d estimate that 4ish out of 10 times, the pic is good – not the best odds, I know. And even when they’re “good”, they always tend to range between washed out or over-contrasted. But, those “qualities” (heh) remind me of the pictures from yesteryear. And to me, that’s what makes the Instax so fun – you get instant pictures that are chock-full of nostalgia!
I bring my Instax to every family event, and then leave pics with family members so they can have an actual photo of our time together. But I also come home with a purse full of pictures. They’re everywhere. And at over $1/picture, it would be financially irresponsible to just shove these pictures into a drawer…but what’s the best way to display these mini pictures? I did a little searching on Pinterest for some ideas. Sure, Instax wallpaper would be cool, but we haven’t amassed a collection that large (yet).
Fortunately, not long after being inspired by this pin, Paul and I found the perfect backdrop for our Instax shots:
I’m pretty sure it’s repurposed wood. Best of all, we found it at Redeux, a local store downtown that sells handmade and vintage items. I then bought some twine & some mini clothespins – and voila: we now have a little Instax gallery!
I love that we can swap pictures out as newer ones come along. I also love that it’s hung next to our antique window (which is adorned with my paper garland [that I’m still SO in love with] :) )
If you couldn’t tell…I LOVE it! Our computer is just to the right of the Instax gallery, so I’ve been looking up & admiring it throughout writing this post :)
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