I have always considered Polaroids as something magical. I can remember my grandma having one, where you’d have to stick the image under your arm after shooting to prevent the daylight reaching it and it had the chance to develop. So exciting!
At home, I have an Fujifilm Instax Camera, which I got for my birthday from Nick a couple of years ago. So much fun, although I must confess that I always find it hard to take foto’s with it. The result is often too light or too dark, or I’m just too frugal in actually finding a subject that I like enough to capture forever. I bring it with me often, only to return it at the end of the day -unused.
But, perhaps there will be a change soon, because in Vienna I did a polaroid walk that got me excited to get out more with an analog camera.
Disclaimer: We did this tour as part of the #AustrianTime Blogger Campaign, created and managed by iambassador in partnership with the Austrian National Tourist Office. All photos (unless otherwise mentioned) and opinions are, as always, my own.
Company: Polawalk (website)
Tour: Polaroid Photo Tour Vienna – Prater (website)
Duration: About 150 minutes
Start of Tour: 3:30 PM at Sausage Stand ‘Igel’, close to the metro station ‘Krieau’ (line U2), Trabrennstraße 7
End of Tour: Supersense, Praterstrasse 70
Costs: 55 Euro
Included: Polaroid Camera & pack of 8 polaroids, worth 20 Euro
Photo Credit: Polawalk
Polawalk exists since 2013 in Vienna. After a short explanation of the history and technical aspects of the camera by our tour leader Thomas, we head out for some serious shooting. Exciting, because we only had 8 chances to get it right! You really learn how to look for details. “While 8 photos don’t seem much, you’ll see how difficult it is to get rid of them”, Thomas tells us.
Photo Credit: Polawalk
There are 4 tours you can choose from:
- Urban – explore the young and creative parts of Vienna (read more)
- Schönbrunn – explore the vast palace park and garden (read more)
- Classic – explore the UNESCO world heritage of Vienna (read more)
- Prater – explore the the world’s oldest amusement parks and lots of modern architecture in an up and coming neighborhood (read more)
We get to try the last one, and here’s how we did:
Our first victim was -of course- the big ferris wheel of Vienna. After we took the pictures (they have a blue glaze over it at first, so they need to stay dark to develop for a little bit), we walked around and came back to the wheel to take that classic ‘photo of polaroid in your hand in front of the subject that’s on the photo’- photo. If you know what I mean :)
This is what I mean :)
I think my first picture worked out well, don’t you agree?
I didn’t think Prater park was too exciting to take photos off, so I had 6 photos left when we went to the second location: the banks of the Danube! (How cool is this urban beach, by the way?)
At the banks, I’m having more success and I shoot some photos of the street art. But because I’ve got quite a couple of photos left, I let Thomas take some photos of me. A bit of cheating is alright, not?
In the end, I managed to take 8 photos, but as Thomas already told us, it was hard to do so! Still a bit proud of the results. And a super fun memory of a lovely, sunny day in Vienna.
Photo Credit: Polawalk
This tour was so much fun! It’s something completely different then the walking tours you normally do in cities and you can really make your trip as personal as possible. The only thing I would say is to pick the location of the tour wisely. While we didn’t have a choice and did the Prater Tour, I probably would have liked the classic tour better myself, as I just don’t like amusement parks in general. But of course this is very personal! Luckily, they have four different tours to choose from in Vienna, so there is something for everyone.
Fun for: Everyone that likes creative travel and likes to see a city through (literally) different lens. The tour currently runs in Vienna (Austria), Warsaw (Poland) and Graz (Austria)
Less fun for: Children that are too small. I would say not under 8-10 years, depending on your child, because the camera is heavy and you need a bit of patience.
Think about: Everything is inclusive, for example you get the camera on a cord for around your neck and also a pouch to keep your photos in. Perhaps it’s handy to bring a water bottle for on the way.
Thank you Thomas for showing us around your city Vienna!
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