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!
May 5, 2011 § 11 Comments
I usually showcase my own photography here, but I wanted to change things up a bit, in honor of the official release of The Impossible Project’s PX 680 Color Shade First Flush film. I put together some of my favorite photos taken by others, using this amazing new film…
(Taken by Miguel Angel. Visit his Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikelanstrum.)
(Taken by Adam Goldberg. Visit his site at adamgoldbergdilettante.com.)
(Taken by Anne Bowerman. Visit her Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anniebee/.)
(Taken by Jessica Hibbard. View Jess’ website: Analog Adventures, LLC.)
(Taken by Juli Werner. Visit her website at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/juli/.)
(Taken by Sarah Rubens. Visit her Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51674556@N00/.)
(Taken by Janel Jasper. Visit her website at: http://thedesertlovesyou.blogspot.com/.)
(Taken by George Wells. Visit his Flickr photostream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redlomo/.)
(Taken by Jeff Hutton. View his website at: http://www.jeffhuttonphoto.com/.)
(Taken by Jake Messenger. Visit his website: http://jakemessenger.com/.)
(Taken by B. Johnson. Visit his Flickr photo stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/buradori/.)
(Taken by Ludwig West. Visit his Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ludwigwest/.)
(Taken by Azuree Wiitala. View her website at www.xoazuree.com.)
The above photos were taken using Impossible Project PX 680 Beta test film. The newly-released PX 680 First Flush film might yield different results for you, as the Impossible factory team is working constantly to adjust and perfect the film they produce. PX 680 FF is now available for sale at http://www.the-impossible-project.com/
It’s amazing film. Get shooting!
And of course, please visit my photo stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ptobin/
April 16, 2011 § 2 Comments
Recently, Timothy from boomvintage sent me a message on Twitter telling me he had gotten his hands on a Polaroid SLR 680, but that the film door was busted. He asked me if I knew anyone who would want it in that condition, and I leaped at it. I knew from Frank Love at The Impossible Project that it was easy to switch doors from camera to camera, and had a defective SX-70 from which I could steal the film door.
Timothy said he didn’t want any money for the camera, so I asked how I could return the favor. He told me that he had been in NYC once before, and had stayed at the Belvedere Hotel. He regretted never having taken a photo of the hotel, and said that if I would take a photo for him, we’d be even stevens. So, I went on down there to W 48th and snapped this…
I sent the photo to Timothy and he sent along the 680. Not only was the camera in the box, he had also included an amazing photo he had taken himself with Polaroid 600 film…
Next, here’s a shot I took with the Frankenroid and Impossible Project PX 600 UV+ film…
And finally, I couldn’t write a blog post about the Frankenroid and not include a photo of him…
And of course, swing by my photo stream if you feel so inclined.
March 7, 2011 § 1 Comment
This weekend, our boy cat LB, pictured above as a kitten, gave us a bit of a scare. On Saturday, my fiancee Amy’s sister Becky was down visiting from Boston. During the afternoon, we were out on our fire escape photographing some items for Becky. After coming back into the apartment, I shut the window, but not the screen. We carried on with our evening.
We went out that night to meet up with some friends in the West Village and got home around 1am. I let Amy and Becky take the bed, and I crashed on our couch. I woke up in the middle of the night and felt warm so I opened our living room window, thinking nothing of it, and went back to sleep.
Sunday morning, around 9am, there came a knock on our door. I shuffled to the door and opened it, and what did I see but our neighbor holding LB. I was really confused. Our neighbor said, “Is this your cat?” and I almost felt like saying, “Gee, that looks an awful lot like our cat, sir, but it can’t be LB. You see, he’s inside here somewhere sleeping.” But after shaking some more of the cobwebs from my head, I realized it was, in fact, LB. The poor guy was all wild-eyed. Our neighbor said, “I’m not sure what happened, but I woke up and found him sitting on my bed.”
I took LB, apologized profusely to our neighbor and thanked him, then realized what must have happened. Next to the fire escape, there’s a ledge that runs the length of the building. Our bedroom window is the next window over, and beyond that is our neighbor’s bedroom window. Our cats sit on the windowsills all the time. LB must have jumped up on the living room windowsill and thought, “Hey, that’s cool, I can just go out here and see what’s going on out in this nether realm, Outer Space,” much like Uncle Travelling Matt from Fraggle Rock. LB walked from the fire escape to the ledge, past our bedroom window, and climbed through our neighbor’s window, which, thankfully, was open, screen and all.
We are on the 3rd floor. If our neighbor’s window hadn’t been open, LB could have walked along the ledge around the entire building. Or fallen off and gotten lost. I feel like a negligent parent. I feel how Mr. and Mrs. McAllister must have felt when they realized they left Kevin at home. Never again, LB. Never again. I’m sorry, buddy!
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March 4, 2011 § 1 Comment
Check this out. My friend Martina had these tiny anime girl figurines randomly placed around her apartment. I think this one was sitting in a flowerpot. Anyway, take a look at the camera she’s holding. Look familiar, instanteers?
Here’s a closer shot…
It’s either a Polaroid SLR 680 or 690. Whatever it is, it’s an awesome tiny Polaroid camera.
(Thanks to Martina for letting me borrow the little anime girl for the blog post!)
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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)