February 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
Last night, Self Made Gallery in Brooklyn hosted a reception celebrating the opening of a new exhibition entitled, “Between The Noise.” (Read the press release.) The exhibit featured photography from eleven artists, including Rommel Pecson, Jeff Hutton and myself.
We three analog knights were there to represent The Impossible Project along with Impossible’s own Dave Bias…
It was an excellent event with a great turnout and plenty of wine. Polaroid cameras loaded with Impossible Project film were being passed around all night, so that people could experiment with the new instant film and find out all about how it works. I believe we recruited some new soldiers into the Impossible army over the course of the evening.
You’ll notice photos on the table of Jeff Hutton and Rommel Pecson, taken by Dave Bias…
Cheese and crackers, nuts and M&Ms were also provided…
Here, people gather in front of Rommel Pecson’s Impossible Project shots on display…
It was also pretty nice seeing our names on the gallery’s front window…
I had a blast at the show, and I’m sure everyone else did too. Thanks to Self Made gallery directors Fabian Bedolla, Leah Ellis, and Randy Antonia Lott. If you’re in Brooklyn, stop by the gallery. It’s at 531 Atlantic Ave. and the exhibition runs until March 18th. Follow up on future exhibits at www.selfmadenewyork.com.
Special thanks also go to Anne and Dave at The Impossible Project. To Keep an eye out for more Impossible happenings and pick up some of their film, visit www.the-impossible-project.com
and of course, My Photo Stream.
February 23, 2011 § 1 Comment
Once again, just kidding. This is another blog entry about kittens. A few months ago, I wrote a post about a litter of kittens that a stray had given birth to at my aunt’s veterinary clinic. Read it here.
At the time of that post, the kittens were a week old. Now, they’re twelve weeks old. This past weekend, I went home to Massachusetts and was able to see the kitten my sister adopted for the first time since the original post. As a bonus, my aunt brought over the two other females from the litter. I got some good photos and thought it was fitting to write a follow-up entry. A “where are they now?” kind of thing.
Here’s a shot of my sister’s kitten, who she named Milo, at 6 days old…
And here she is at 12 weeks…
I threw in the Polaroid Zip for scale purposes.
You may also remember the polydactyl kitten from the first post, who we got to calling Polly (ha). This was her at one week…
Here she is now…
It was nice to see how they’ve changed but also how they’ve retained some of the little characteristics they had when they were hamster-sized. It’s also nice that my sister has a new cat after having to put down our family cat in November. Milo and my sister already seem to have a strong bond with each other. I wish them the best, and I hope the others find good homes.
To pick up some Impossible Project PX 600 UV+ or some of their other instant film, visit www.the-impossible-project.com
On a similar note, feel free to come by the opening reception of a gallery exhibition in which some Impossible Project photographers, including myself, have some work. It’s in Brooklyn on Thursday night, February 24th, from 7-10pm. More info at www.selfmadenewyork.com
And, as always, don’t forget to stop by My Photo Stream to see what’s new.
February 20, 2011 § 2 Comments
No, it’s not my birthday. My blog is one year old today.
It’s also my brother’s birthday, so I should probably call him. Here’s a Polaroid of him on his birthday in 1989 or so…
Here’s to many more.
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February 8, 2011 § 4 Comments
I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I moved to New York. It’s gone by quickly, too quickly. I’ve been spending the majority of my time doing the job search thing, so I haven’t had too much time to explore the city and photograph as much as I’d like, but I do have some NYC photos to show.
I took this one this past weekend, my first Grand Central shot…
Love that crispy PZ 600 from Impossible Project. I’m happy with the sense of clarity and stillness mixed with motion. It was fairly quiet at the time I was there, early afternoon on Sunday. The sepia tones and the blur give it a ghostly quality.
This one I took yesterday from the Central Park Reservoir’s south gatehouse, facing the Upper West Side…
That shot was taken with my Polaroid 350 and Polaroid Type 100 Chocolate film, which I hadn’t used before this weekend. I was inspired to try it out after seeing Autumn de Wilde’s Decemberists photos on display at the NYC Impossible Project space. Much like the tones of the PZ 600, the Chocolate has a vintage feel that I’m a sucker for.
This one was also taken in Central Park…
(Polaroid Spectra, Impossible Project PZ 600 film.)
It looks like it was taken during a blizzard, but that’s not the case. It was a perfectly clear, sunny day, but I happened to not shield it from light fast enough. That, coupled with the cold temperatures, is what caused the lightness. I actually was just stopped to take a photo of the woman toward the top, but as I was framing the shot, waiting for her to reach just the right spot, I noticed the dog walker in my peripheral vision coming fast with his dogs. And, luckily, the woman at the top stopped and took out a map to get her bearings. By the time she was finished and had put her map away, dog walker came into the picture, and there you have it.
This one was taken with a Pentax IQ Zoom, a cheap 35mm camera i bought used…
Along Broadway, there are tables set up on the sidewalk, with people selling books, videocassettes, audiotapes and records. As I passed by this particular table, these two smiling faces jumped out at me. It seemed kind of sad. In the 40s or 50s, someone probably loved that record and played the hell out of it. Now it’s stacked in a dirty wet crate on the sidewalk selling for maybe a dollar.
This one was taken on the uptown 2 Local train during one of the snowstorms a couple of weeks ago…
(Polaroid SX-70, Impossible Project PX 100 film.)
I’m usually wary of taking pictures of people secretly, but this guy rode uptown all the way from Chambers St. with us late night, and something about his face struck me. He seemed lonely. I’m always seeing things as if I was looking through a camera’s viewfinder, always looking for things to photograph. Sometimes, I don’t see a shot right away, but if I look at something long enough, it becomes clear to me. This was one of those times. I kept looking back across our car at this guy and eventually I felt like I HAD to get this shot. I’m happy I did.
Stay tuned for more NYC photos as time goes by. I’m always shooting.
And don’t forget to visit My Photo Stream!
(Taken w/ Pentax IQ Zoom, 35mm film)
February 4, 2011 § 2 Comments
Recently, I received a Flickr Mail message from Lars Harmsen, editor of German magazine and blog Slanted and Typodarium. Yes, I know, the sites are in German. But with a little help from Google Translate, I learned that Slanted is a blog celebrating typography, and that Typodarium was a typography-centered peel-a-day-away calendar, with a different font representing each day of the year, including information about the font designers.
It seems that Slanted are now calling for entries for Poladarium, a Polaroid/Instant film tear-off calendar. In this case, each day is represented by a Polaroid or Impossible Project shot. Pretty awesome. Anyway, Because I’m an admin for an instant film group on Flickr, Lars invited me to submit some of my own shots and invite other instanteers to submit.
There are some rules: Submissions must be integral film dimensions (Type 600/Time Zero/Impossible Project’s PX Series), each artist can submit only 2 images, etc.
Read all the details here (they’re in English)…POLADARIUM!
I submitted mine, hurry up and submit yours! You have until Tuesday, February 15th!
Oh yeah, and go to My Photo Stream. Just because.
February 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
When Polaroid announced plans for discontinuing their instant film back in February of 2008 (three years ago already?!?!), I remember people talking about what their last shot using Polaroid 600 film would be. I didn’t give it much thought at the time, because I knew there would be a few more productions runs of Type 600 before they all ran out, but I hoped that my own final 600 shot would be one I was proud of. Well, that time has come for me. A few months ago, Annie B of the Impossible Project put a few packs of their remaining 600 stock aside for me in the New York Impossible Space and I’ve made it through them. And I just can’t afford to pay whatever exorbitant prices 600 is going for now on eBay.
This is it:
Saturday morning, after sleeping in, my fiancee, getting out of bed, stopped and sat, looking out the window. I had left the room and I wandered back in just as she started to stand up. I yelled, “NO! Don’t move! I have to get this shot!” She’s always patient with me and my photography, so she obliged. I framed her up, stood perfectly still, and hit the little black button. My 680 whirred and gave me what you see above.
The day before I took this, I swapped my last pack of 600 from a dead SX-70 to my SLR 680, which accounts for the light leak burns at the bottom, but I don’t mind it. It gives the shot a dreamy effect, and she’d just woken up so it’s fitting. One could also say it’s the ghost of 600 leaving this world. Whatever you think, I’m happy with my last 600 shot.
Now we thankfully have The Impossible Project providing us with instant satisfaction.
It’s been real, Type 600. Time for you to hit the old dusty trail. I tip my hat to you, old friend.
Oh, and don’t forget to stop by My Photo Stream.
This photo was also featured in the blog of Paul Giambarba, the creative genius behind Polaroid’s iconic packaging and brand identity for almost 25 years! Read his post HERE.
February 1, 2011 § 2 Comments
One morning last week, I woke up to snow falling lightly outside my window. It was that real-deal snow, the light fluffy stuff that’s actually shaped like snowflakes. On the fire escape outside our living room window, there was a layer of soft, clean, untouched snow. I grabbed my SLR 680, which contained my last pack of 600 film and took this…
The day before, I had switched the pack of 600 film from a dead SX-70 over to my 680, and some light must have leaked into the cartridge, hence the burn at the bottom. It gives it a dreamy effect, which is fitting because the photo kind of captures the sense of quiet and cleanness of snow falling.
So, I got to thinking, with all the snow we’ve been getting lately, it seemed natural to dedicate a blog entry to winter-themed photos. I went through my photostream and picked out what I felt were some of my better winter shots.
This one I took like 7 years ago with a cheap, plastic Polaroid 600 camera…
This is one of those shots where I feel like I captured the perfect moment. I’m happy with the composition. I like that the cool blue of the sky seems like the only color. I love the cottony clouds, the dead trees reaching out. In spite of being taken with one of the crappier Polaroid models, it’s still one of my personal favorites.
This next one was taken in Cavendish, VT….
My fiancee Amy’s parents have taken us to Okemo for several years to ski. I’m not a skier, however. While the rest of her family is on the mountain, I drive around exploring and taking pictures. That barn drew my attention because of the vintage signs and the tired-looking silo. I used one of my last packs of expired Type 88 film, which was possibly my favorite Polaroid film. Expired film for an expired farm scene.
This was also taken at Okemo…
Simple Holga shot, using a cheap Chinese brand of 120 film called Lucky. Amy and I took a stroll down the mountain so I could take some pictures. It was a nice time of day with really good natural light. I like how, because of the Holga’s cheap plastic lens, Amy is what’s in focus, while the image gets foggier toward the edges of the frame.
The next shot was taken in my hometown of Milton, MA.
This line of Massachusetts’ T, the Ashmont-Mattapan High-Speed Line, wasn’t operating for a while due to station renovations. When the renovations were completed, and the line was up and running again, they incorporated the old-fashioned, refurbished trolleys. I sat and waited at this spot for the trolley to come by for probably a half hour in the cold, that’s how badly I wanted this shot. It’s not as “high-speed” as it sounds. I’m fond of this one because it reminds me of vintage postcards.
This next one was taken with my Kodak Instamatic 124 camera…
I used to be a teacher of English at both the high school and middle school in my hometown. At the end of one school day, after my students had been dismissed, I snapped this shot from the library window, of the buses lining up outside the school (Yes, I almost always have a camera in my bag). When I scanned the negatives, I liked the frame next to the bus shot as well, so I took half of each.
Lastly, while this next shot isn’t exactly a winter scene, I felt it was appropriate…
This was part of a series of Polaroids I did of the small illustrations on the back covers of Life Nature Library books. These educational books are amazing. They’re from the 1960s, and cover a variety of topics including birds, primates, the desert, the forest, the mountains and the sea. The above shot features the illustration from the back cover of “The Poles.”
Now, as much as I enjoy these winter shots, I’m very anxious for summer to get here, so I’m thinking maybe I’ll make another blog entry of my favorite summer shots to get people hooped up about summer. Stay tuned.
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