Polaroid Collection 1

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This post is about some of my personal work.  It’s much different then the work that I do for my families.

When I am photographing a family, it’s true that I am documenting something special.  However I am meticulous in my ‘posing’, color correction, and finished product.

With my personal Polaroid work?  Not as much.

I am still documenting something incredibly special (to me), but the finished product…is almost always a mystery.

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I don’t ever truly know what my vision is going to look like on film.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons I love doing this so much.

Sure I take into consideration the film temperature, before/during & after shooting.  I pay attention to development time and light.

But what I see in my head and what comes out are sometimes drastically different. Sometimes I had unevenly spread emulsion, or a weird orange cast to my photos.

But at the end of the day, it’s incredibly hard for me to part with these images.  I recently was fortunate enough to partake in the craft show Craftin’ Outlaws.

So, I had to frame my babies and sell them.

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Many people asked me at the show, did you actually take these?  Yes…yes I did.

I can tell you where it was taken, how cold/hot it was outside & where I was illegally parked to get the shot.

I think that is another reason I love these so much.  You can’t right click on my Polaroid and “get info.”

It’s not geotagged, and doesn’t contain any metadata.

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There’s no Instagram filter, no {command + Z} function if you screw up.

My camera collection has been steadily growing for the past few years.

I started off with my 600 film camera, and have added a Big Swinger, Sx-70, etc.

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It really doesn’t get any better than this for me.  Each image is packed full of emotion for me. All I can hope is that it may resonate with others as well.

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Let me get this off my chest…i’m a poor blogger.

Many times I have started these pages and they never seem to get past the first post.

But not this time! This will be a new creative outlet with all my thoughts and ramblings on past & present work.  The work done for my clients as well as myself.

So to start, I wanted to share some images I took at the Perkins Observatory.  The place itself is…interesting.  Off the beaten path, it can be found by following a very small sign, up a dirt road (through a golf course).

I’ve never seen another person at this location each time i’ve been there.  In fact, I’m convinced it has been shut down each time, but the fliers out front state they are in fact open for tours.

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The windows are one step away from being boarded up.  Power lines have fallen in the back, water is pooled at the bottom of the basement stairs, and moss covers the stairs.

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It didn’t really feel ‘creepy’ to me however until I later reviewed the images.  They seemed like they were of an abandoned building, even though they were not.

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While I was there it actually started to storm.  I jumped into my car at the last minute, and waited it out. Afterwards it was almost surreal.  Every plant and bug was covered in water droplets and a light mist.

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It is a beautiful and secluded little area, right off of 23.  You can’t hear cars or people. Just nature.

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Silence…is golden.