Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Polaroid 420

In the winter of 2011 James bought me a Polaroid 420 Land Camera from a cozy photography shop in Tremont. I quickly became obsessed with instant photography.

I've got three packs of the now discontinued Fuji FP-3000B film left in my fridge, each with a November expiration date.

The remaining packs traveled with me from Seattle to Monterey. Along the way I tried my best to capture most of our stops along the way. I shot two surfers at Cape Kiwanda (one of those shots blew away, unfortunately), a bookstore cat in Seattle, redwood-lined roads in Northern California. And then I broke my foot outside of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and missed the opportunity to shoot all of Monterey, Big Sur, San Francisco, and Berkeley.

So now those three packs are back in my refrigerator, here in Lakewood, in the house I bought from the owner of that cozy photography shop in Tremont.

I don't know what I'll do when I've finished the last pack of my favorite film, rendering my beloved 420 obsolete. I don't know if I'll switch formats, if I'll feel the same passion for photography.

I don't know if I'll start playing shows again, finish the chapbook I'm working on, record my Christmas EP, produce regular sketch shows, or do the other hundred things I've wanted to do over the years. All I know right now is that I want to try harder.

So I'll make the most of these last 34 shots, and while I do that I'll spend more time on other projects that matter to me. That's all for now.