December 20, 2010 § 1 Comment
Recently, my mother found a stash of her old photos in shoe boxes and plastic bags. Among the shots were snapshots of her and her cousins on Cape Cod as kids, her father working in the garden at the house she grew up in and her brother after returning from Vietnam. Then there were these two Polaroids. These were taken at the hospital after I was born. That’s me, in the arms of my aunt.
I asked my mom, and she confirmed that these Polaroids were the first photos taken of me (I took this as a sign. It was meant to be). Seeing these pictures got me thinking again about how amazing instant film is. There really is nothing like it. When my grandparents (pictured below with my aunt) and other relatives came to visit my parents at the hospital and see me for the first time, they were probably able to walk away holding a photo of the occasion. No waiting for one hour developing, but a picture to have right away and carry around, to show friends and other family or stick on the fridge.
I’ve always believed I was born in the wrong decade. I’m an old soul in some ways. I wish I could have experienced the 50s, 60s and 70s firsthand, and I think that’s why I prefer film over digital, especially instant film. I’m always drawn to vintage signs, old buildings and classic cars and Polaroid, Fuji and now The Impossible Project have allowed me to view these things as they appeared in their own time. A real window into the past. I’m grateful that there are so many others like me, who appreciate and love instant film and want it to live on.
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December 13, 2010 § 2 Comments
Made you look. This blog entry is actually about kittens.
My aunt, a Veterinary Technician, took in a pregnant stray at her clinic a few months ago. After churning those fuzzballs around for anywhere from 60 to 67 days, the mother cat provided the world with 7 more tiny kittens on November 29th. One of the kittens had an injured tail and was rejected by the mother. My aunt came home to find him alone in one corner on his back, blue and cold, but when she picked him up, he meowed. She got him warmed up and gave him back to the mother, who cleaned him off and welcomed him back into the gang.
The kitten pictured above is the one my sister is adopting. She had to put down our family cat a few weeks ago, so these little ones came along at just the right time. I personally like the one below.
She is a polydactyl, which means she has extra thumbs, so we’ve been calling her Polly. As of today they’re 2 weeks old. Stay tuned for more photos as they grow. I’ll be checking in on them until they’re ready to be adopted, which should be when they reach 8 weeks. Here’s one more photo…
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December 6, 2010 § 10 Comments
This past weekend, I proposed to my girlfriend of five and a half years. I’ve known she was the one I’d marry for a long time and, as such, had a while to think about exactly how I’d go about my proposal. My second love (after my new fiance, wink), is photography, so it seemed only natural to involve photography in some way. And since, of all formats of film, instant film is my favorite, it seemed like I had my answer.
So, I had it set up like this: today is my fiance’s birthday. I had organized a surprise birthday party for her this past Friday night at a local waterfront restaurant in Boston and invited both of our families. She was under the impression that we were going to dinner with her sister and her sister’s husband, not even to celebrate her birthday early. Just a random dinner out. We both got ready for dinner, and before I called a cab to take us to the restaurant, I told her I’d like to take her picture, which is a normal occurrence for us. I had picked up some PX 600 film by The Impossible Project at their gallery/shop the last time I was in New York, so I fired up my SLR 680 and shot a photo of her lookin’ pretty. She is familiar with the mechanics of The Impossible Project’s film (it’s light-sensitive and the prints need to be shielded from light immediately upon ejection from the camera) so after taking my shot, I tucked it away to develop.
After a few minutes I asked her, “Do you want to see how the picture came out?”, to which she replied, “Sure.” So, I handed her a photo. But the photo I handed her was not the photo I had just taken of her lookin’ pretty. Instead it was a photo I had taken earlier in the day, of the engagement ring (see above). When she saw that photo of her ring, I don’t know what went through her head. She was confused, to say the least, but she understood when I got down on one knee and popped the question, presenting her with the real deal. Anyway, she said yes, as you can see here…
Then, we went to the restaurant and she was able to share the news with our families at the surprise birthday party. All around, a pretty great night and weekend. This will be a story we can tell our kids and grandkids. I’m also thinking maybe I’ll hire a photographer to shoot our wedding primarily with Impossible Project film.
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December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
A few years ago, my parents moved into a house that stood on land that had once been a farm. For a couple hundred years, The Copeland family had lived in a large farmhouse on the property with rooms enough for the entire family and the farmhands. The farm also comprised of several barns, all of which have since been torn down except for one.
My father believes the barn dates back to 1810. Originally, Copeland Farm was a dairy farm, and the barn pictured above housed the cows. The cows were kept on the lower level, and hay and other feed could be trucked in through the large sliding door on the front. Later, the Copelands began making, bottling and selling cider, spring water and ginger ale and eventually owned a Pepsi bottling franchise. The cattle barn ended up being used for storage.
My parents are currently in the process of renovating the barn. More pictures to come…
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Tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.