November 3, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was about 13 and have had ups and downs for my entire life. I’ve been on all sorts of medications and they’ve helped but I always seem to relapse.
In January, I had an intense surgery to treat my disease at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, in which a sizable portion of intestine was removed. I was in the hospital recovering for almost two weeks (see my blog post about that stay HERE) but I bounced back and I’ve felt great since.
On October 5th, I had the 2nd step of this surgery. Things were cut out and reconnected and it was all very painful. For my first surgery/hospital stay, I brought my Polaroid SX-70 along with me, as well as a slew of Impossible Project PX 70 and PX 100 film. This time, I instead brought my Polaroid SLR 680 and some PX 680 Color Protection film and PX 600 Cool film (which was donated to me by my amazing friend and manager at Impossible, Anne).
These are some of my photos from my time in the hospital…
I fully intended to take more photos, but I was in A LOT of pain and very spacey because of the pain meds. Some of these photos I don’t even remember taking.
It’s been another long recovery process over the past several weeks, but my health is the best it’s been for as long as I can remember. These surgeries have left me almost symptom-free and I’m grateful for that.
Thanks to my surgeon and the hospital staff for taking such good care of me and thanks to all my friends for the well-wishes during my recovery!
September 15, 2012 § Leave a Comment
A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended the wedding of our friends Reid and Jackie at a farm in Massachusetts. It was a small wedding, with only about 40 guests. We ate outside at a long table, with a reception following in the barn. There were chickens and sheep, raspberry and tomato picking, and a sweet bonfire. Reid and Jackie are two of the nicest, quirkiest, most interesting people I have the fortune of knowing, and I wish them the best.
Photos were taken with a Polaroid SLR 680 camera and Impossible Project PX 680 Opacification V4B and V4C film, as well as PX 680 Color Block film.
July 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
One vital detail in preparing for a wedding is the matter of the rings. My wife had her wedding band picked out since we got engaged, as it’s sort of a partner ring to the engagement ring. I, on the other hand, know very little about jewelry and hadn’t given much thought to what my wedding band would look like.
Then I started talking to a friend in the photographic community, Ben High, who spends his days as a jeweler. He had designed a really spectacular Polaroid SX-70 pendant, which got us to talking about an idea for a wedding band that captured the SX-70 essence as well. The idea was that the ring would replicate the focus scale around the lens of an SX-70, pictured below.
Being an instant film geek, this got me really excited.
My wife and I gave Ben my size and the basic design idea. Ben then created a 3D computer rendering of the design, which we approved, and he went to work making wax casts for me to test out. We went through various sizes and widths until we found just the right one. I’ve been eager to share this but wanted to wait until after my instant film wedding photos post went live.
Here it is…
July 10, 2012 § 10 Comments
Hi friends. It’s happened. I’ve become a husband. On June 23rd, 2012, I married my best friend Amy in Bristol, RI. With the exception of a very brief shower, we had perfect weather and everything went off without a hitch.
Impossible Project film has been part of this journey since the beginning, from my proposal, which incorporated Impossible film (read the blog post about it HERE) to our Save The Dates (read that blog post HERE), so of course Impossible film had to play a role at the wedding too. I borrowed some Polaroid 600 cameras from work and Impossible’s founder Doc and my manager Anne donated some film, which was incredibly generous.
The cameras and film were a huge hit, as guests passed them around and snapped with abandon. I had a huge stack of prints when the night was through and it took me a while to finish scanning them but here they are. It’s hard to capture exactly how fantastic the day was in photos, but I think these do a pretty good job.
Thanks to everyone who came, thanks to everyone who took photos throughout the night, including friends Liz, Charlotte and George, thanks to my friends and teammates at the Impossible Project and thanks to Amy for choosing me.
June 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
A few weeks ago, I celebrated my bachelor party weekend with some fine gentleman on Cape Cod. I brought with me several Polaroid cameras and a slew of Impossible Project PX 70 and PX 100 Cool film. It was a weekend rife with beer, burgers and BB guns. This is a handful of the best shots.
We’re gonna try to make it a yearly event if possible. But next time, it may be in the fall so that we can call it OcTobinfest.
April 24, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Last week, The Impossible Project rolled out a new line of films. Well, it’s not new film so much as it is a film that has utilized a new technique to improve performance and quality. The new “Cool” film is comprised of similar materials as recent film batches, except that all of the core components (the negative sheet, the developer chemistry, etc.) have been stored cold, hence the name. But the cold storage doesn’t end there: the film is kept in a fridge at The Impossible Project’s NYC Space and its warehouses, and it’s recommended that you store the film in your own fridge until you use it.
The Impossible factory team in the Netherlands, through endless testing, have found that this method of cold storage has really brought out the best characteristics of Impossible film.
So far, I’ve been able to test PX 680 Cool, PX 600 Cool and PX 70 Cool. Here are some of my results:
PX 680 Color Shade
PX 600 Silver Shade
PX 70 Color Shade
All of the films are a little faster than normal. So far, I’ve found that when shooting PX 680 Cool and PX 70 Cool in bright sunlight, you should turn the exposure wheel/switch on your camera about 3/4 toward darken. I also always heat up color prints under my arm for a minute or two after they first eject, which brings out better color and contrast. For PX 600 Cool, in bright light, push the exposure wheel/switch about 1/4-1/2 of the way to darken.
When it comes to storing your photos, keeping them in airtight bags in the fridge will help to prevent them from shifting in color. For black and white photos, store them with silica gel packets to help them dry out faster and retain crisp black and white tones.
Go here to buy some Cool film!: http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/shop/film
January 17, 2012 § 17 Comments
For the past 17+ years, I’ve been dealing with Crohn’s Disease, an intestinal disease that causes inflammation along the digestive tract. I was just a kid when I was diagnosed and it’s never been easy to deal with, but I’ve really had no choice. It’s been a part of my life for more than half of it. I’ve had flare-ups over the years, been on innumerable medications, have even been hospitalized a few times, but so far I had been fortunate enough to avoid surgery. I started to experience another flare-up in October and it worsened over the course of the next two months. I had a narrowing known as a stricture in my sigmoid colon that was the cause of all of my troubles, resulting in weakness and weight loss, inability to eat anything without feeling queasy, occasional fevers, abdominal pain, nausea and more. My GI doctor felt that the time had come where surgery was the only answer. This stricture had to be removed.
So, I was told that on New Year’s Day, I would be admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, with my surgery scheduled for Tuesday the 3rd. I then had the idea that I would document my hospital stay, using film from The Impossible Project of course. My Impossible teammate Anne was good enough to give me some of the new PX 100 UV+ film and PX 70 Color Shade film. I brought along my Polaroid Silver Sonar SX-70 and some flashbars and kept them close to my bedside for the duration of my hospitalization. What follows are the photos I took during that time.
This surgery has really knocked me flat. The plan was to remove about 2 inches of colon and they ended up having to take out 8 inches. My surgeon was exceptional, as were the nurses and patient care associates at Mt. Sinai. I’ve also been fortunate to have visiting nurses helping me to recover since I’ve been home.
For the longest time, I didn’t talk openly about my struggles with Crohn’s because it can be embarrassing. In the years since my diagnosis, however, I’ve met so many people who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and its sister disease, Ulcerative Colitis that I have become more comfortable with it. If you know someone who is dealing with either disease or has questions, point them my way and I’ll give any advice I can.
Take care of yourselves.