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
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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.
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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.
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.
April 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
This photo is currently featured with two others in an online exhibition titled, “In Transit” at We Sink Ships. We Sink Ships (WSS) is a collaboration featuring Heidi Kuisma, a Finnish, Glasgow based photographer and Neil Milton, a Scottish photographer, musician and record label owner living in Warsaw in Poland. Together they create and curate online photo exhibitions, along with hosting weekly radio podcasts.
I was approached by Heidi via Flickr.com to take part in the exhibition, to which I submitted three photos. I was only told the title of the exhibition, and was asked to come up with three photos that encapsulated motion and travel. I chose the above photo because I took it in Arizona while literally in transit. My girlfriend and I were visiting my cousin and his wife and kids in Scottsdale, and they lent us their car to take a little road trip. This photo was taken near Cordes Junction, AZ at a rest stop. I used my polaroid Square Shooter 2 camera and Type 88 square format pack film, because it tends to yield muted tones, which fit with the hot, dry atmosphere of Arizona, and this faded car in particular. I especially like the light leak in the top left corner.
“In Transit” is currently available for viewing, and I’m thrilled and honored to be featured alongside some of these other photographers. My favorites are Arthur Shuraev, Mary Robinson, Anna Shelton, Hannah Davis and Alan Campbell.
Check out the exhibition now at http://www.wesinkships.co.uk/
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March 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
This is my girlfriend Amy’s sister Becky. One afternoon in October, we went up to the roofdeck of the apartment building where Becky lives with her fiance Scott. I had been wanting to shoot up there on a nice day like this, and I hadn’t shot anything with Beck before. She was game. We shot a bunch of stuff, Polaroid and 120 film, but this shot here was my favorite from that day.
This was taken with my Polaroid Electric Zip camera. Polaroid’s square-format pack film cameras like the Zip and the Square Shooters are some of my favorites to shoot with. I had found an old pack of Type 88 film frozen to the back of my refrigerator and brought it to test it this day, and it worked! It is a crime against humanity that Polaroid discontinued Type 88.
This photo is one of those rare times when everything works out perfectly. The minimal focal length of the Polaroid Zip is about 3.5 feet, and that must be about exactly how far I am from Becky here. Her posture sums up who she is. A little bit of a lean, little bit of a smile, hair falling just right. Another thing that you really have to get down to a science is development time. Type 88 is meant to develop for 60 seconds. Less than 60 yields pale, underexposed tones, but more than 60 will give you a darker image with green hues. Development also worked out well here.
I love this photo.
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March 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
This photo got a lot of positive feedback on my Flickr portfolio. It was taken in Dorchester, MA, at the waterfront on the Nepsonset trail. I brought potato chips and sat on the wall, tossing the occasional chip to the seagulls that populate the beach there. Eventually, it got the point where the seagulls were coming right up to me. I went there that day with the goal of getting some close-up shots of the seagulls. I started to hold chips directly above me, at arm’s length, and honest to God, they came right out of the air and snatched the chips from my fingers. That’s how I managed the above shot.
I used a Polaroid Square Shooter 2 camera, with Polaroid Viva square-format Type 80 film. Viva has very vivid blue tones, which is one thing I’ve always loved about it. I also had good light that day, so the blur is minimized.
This photo is currently available for license through Getty Images, and was actually licensed already by Live Nation.
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