I bought a Polaroid SX-70 camera in 1974. The film was expensive: $7 for each film pack of ten pictures, which calculates to $35 in 2014 dollars! But I was young and single and could afford a film pack once in awhile.
I built my own remote control so I could take "SX-70 selfies" to document my dressing skills. Most of the SX-70 selfies were lost in the great purge of 1983 and I only have a handful of selfies that I took post-purge.
The camera bit the dust in 1985 and so ended my SX-70 photography.
A Christmas gift, a collection of postcards depicting vintage SX-70 photos, sparked my interest in the art of vintage SX-70 photography and I began perusing the Internet for samples. As a result, I discovered that a lot of people were way ahead of me and I found lots of vintage SX-70 photos online.
I wondered if anyone had tried using Photoshop to make current photos look like vintage SX-70 photos. Again, I discovered that a lot of people were ahead of me.
After checking out a number of online Photoshop tutorials, I chose one that looked promising (Photoshop tutorial: Create the Polaroid effect for images by Ryan Boudreaux) and tried it with a recent photo of me taken in a hotel room. (How kitschy can I get?)
I was happy with the results and decided to share the final product with you (above).
Femulators being arrested for “masquerading and indecent exposure”
while attending a 1962 Halloween ball in New York City.
Wearing Nicholas (gown), Marc by Marc Jacobs (earrings) and Schutz (pumps).