Sometimes, Failure can be Beautiful.

With the amount of expired Polaroid Film out there, follow Polaroid photographer Ellen Jo Roberts tipped me off to a group (started by daser) that unites users of expired film via a group on FLICKR called POLAROID FAIL!

Bad Day for the Joycam
Failed exposures from the "oddball" Polaroid 500 format.
The Polaroid 500 format was introduced in 1993
and never caught the imagination (or sales) of the picture-taking public.
non-image by me, Michael Raso


"Jammed film. Roller failure. Half exposures." It's all in this fab, new Flickr group!

expired captiva instant film- test shot of floyd & ivan
photo by EllenJo


Expired, defunct and forgotten - The Polaroid Joycam and 500 film format



Fresher, fun days! Canadian TV spot for the Polaroid Joycam. Folks in this commercial using Polaroid 500 film.


I've been experimenting with expired Polaroid films over the last 6 months and have found that most packs pre-2004 will...FAIL. :(

failure - Polaroid 500
Me after discovering that a $30. pack of film (purchased on e-bay) just jammed my new Polaroid Captiva camera (spilling caustic chemicals inside)



In 1993 Polaroid hired comedian Sinbad to star in a series of commercials for the new Polaroid Captiva / Polaroid 500 film



Sometimes, Failure can be Beautiful.

SX-70 Sonar OneStep
polaroid 600 film (without ND filter!)
expired 04-2003, on Flickr">Sombras
Image by Julio Muñoz


picture in picture (take 1)
Image by sempull_tampush
picture in picture (take 1)


Remember expired film users, Winston Churchill said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."


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