What is it about these types of photos that appeal to us?
Perhaps with Polaroids, it’s the idea that at a single mark of time, the photo taken was the exact moment the photographer wanted to capture. It’s the limited shots on a single roll of film which a Polaroid camera allowed, plus not being able to instantly see the photos. It gives a sense of excitement.
But what about just vintage filters? Why do we choose to use them? Is it our fascination with the past, the technology, the unfocused or glared image? It puts an artistic element to the photos, and it also gives the image a totally different feel.
I won’t lie – I excessively turn down the contrast on a lot of my photos to give it somewhat of a retro/vintage vibe. I think it looks creative, and it feels like visuals to a teen angst novel.