I have been going to a local bookstore on occasion and selling pictures that I take of people with my Polaroid cameras. I never really make a lot of money, which is fine because I just enjoy doing it, but the coolest part about it is that you never know who you will meet. A guy walked into the store with a Polaroid pack camera and a Yashica Mat and my first thought was that he had known about the event and come to talk about cameras. He introduced himself as Nic Persinger and it just so happens that he was visiting and did not know about the event that I was doing, so it was ironic to meet another camera enthusiast. We swapped photos, I took one of him using my Polaroid Sun 600 LMS loaded with Impossible Project Film and he took one of me with his Polaroid pack camera.
Recently, I bought my first ever pack camera. I have used regular Polaroid cameras, but the Polaroid 450 was new to me. At first I was worried that it wasn’t working because an entire pack of film didn’t develop, that’s when I discovered the true reason that it wouldn’t take a photo. The battery was modded to work with 123 type batteries, so a battery was taped into the compartment and the white end wasn’t even connected. I have to hold the wired against the opposing ends of the battery to get a charge from it, but it works! Have a look at how the photos started, and to where they are at the more I used the camera. I think I have the hang of it now.
I used Fuji FP-100c film in the camera and discovered pretty fast that indoor photos need to be done in really good light or using a tripod. I know, I know…that’s just common sense. I don’t like to use a flash when I take a photo, instead I like to use natural light if possible, like in the last photo. Overall, I am enjoying this camera a lot, flaws and all!
When I look back at all of the photos and memories that I created in 2013, it’s a little overwhelming. At moments I think I could have done more, and at other times I feel like what I have done was just enough (I suppose that’s something I’ll always have to contend with). What I am most proud of when looking through my photos, are the memories that I have thanks to these photos.
Recently, I have gotten into Polaroid photography (It was only a matter of time). It’s expensive, but there is a nostalgia that only a Polaroid photo can create, even if I wasn’t born when the original Polaroids were invented, I can still appreciate what they’ve done for the world of photography. So here are some Polaroid photos that I took using Impossible Project film and the SX-70 and Polaroid Sun 600 LMS. I am looking forward to making more memories, and hopefully living just a little more on the adventurous side than I did in 2013.