Still shooting Polaroids

If you have been a follower of our work for the past year or so, you'll know that Courtney and I have a 16 month old daughter, Avellana. Over the course of the first year of our daughter's life, I embarked on a photo a day project where I took at least one polaroid a day of Avi. It was quite a project and I ended up taking over 700 polaroids over the course of a year. You can see the final post of the project here. While I am no longer taking a Polaroid a day of Avellana, old habits are hard to break and I am still documenting her life in instant film. Here's another four months worth of Polaroids showing how fast our little girl is growing (with a few cats and landscape shots too).

Avi: Months 13-16

All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras and instant films by The Impossible Project and old stock Polaroid.

Suthi {soon to be mama}

In honor of mothers day I wanted to share this soon to be mama's (and papa's) maternity photos! Baby Asha is due any day and I am dying to meet her. Suthi is a wonderful friend and I know will be just an even better mother! Happy Mothers day to all the mamas out there, especially our moms!:)

 Here are two Polaroids I also took that day

Mix of both film and digital. Mostly film: shot with a H2 and Yashica Twin Lens: fuji 800z, Kodak 400 & 800, Illford 3200

365 +1 days of Avellana on instant film

If you have been a consistent follower of our work, you'll know that Courtney gave birth to our beautiful daughter last year. Prior to the birth, I knew that I would want to do some sort of art piece to honor and document our child. I had gone on a buying spree of folding SX-70 cameras early in 2011 with the launch of The Impossible Project films. Early images weren't that great, but the film had improved, so I decided (originally) to document the first 100 days of our daughter's life on instant film. However, 100 days had past with out me even realizing it, so at that point I decided to extend the project to one full year. Dedicating one self to a 365 day project to one subject on one format is pretty difficult. Compound that commitment to the challenges of learning how to be a father, learning ever changing shooting materials (Impossible Project and later old stock Polaroid film), and using old unreliable cameras, I had days of where I really wasn't sure if I could pull it off. Not to mention the times I suddenly realized that I hadn't taken a picture of Avi and would delay her bedtime for a picture. Not the best thing to ask of a tired baby or mama. But, persistence and support from Courtney paid off, and here I am writing this blog post. One might ask, why instant film? Why 30+ year old cameras? Why the Impossible Project? The answer to those questions really was that I didn't want this to be easy. I could have simply saved a whole lot of money and toted one of our digital cameras around. But, that wouldn't have been enough of a challenge. Taking pictures with a digital or traditional film camera would have allowed me to shoot too much. With this project, I would have to learn to take the good with the bad and accept that the one shot might not be technically perfect. I will admit, that I didn't limit myself to just one shot a day as I have accumulated about 700 polaroids over this past year.

Shooting this on instant film allowed me to explore an area of photography that I swore was lost. I had taken Polaroid for granted. Even with the rise of digital photography, in that back of my mind, I had always thought Polaroid would be around producing instant film. I figured over time the prices would go up, but not that Polaroid would stop producing film in 2008. This project not only allowed me to photographically witness my daughter growing up, but also allowed me the opportunity to take part in what I thought was a lost tradition of modern americana, stoping and snapping off a polaroid of your family.

While I could go one about my thoughts on the various films and get technical about things, the reality is that none of that stuff matters with this project in the end. What matters is one's ability to look at the pictures below and see a story of the first year in our daughter's life. This starts with a blurry shot on Courtney's chest moments after her birth, through naps, pee pee accidents, visits with family, visits with friends, travels across country (in planes and cars), experiences with a space shuttle, snow, doctor visits, messy dinners, toys, walks, Santa, our cats, to the morning of her birthday, and finally to a shot the day after: Avi at 365 +1 day... an image where Courtney was holding Avi and asked for a hug. Avellana squeezed back and I was able to get a shot of this while she looked out the window. The last image is first day of her new year.

For this project I made a 3x3 grid of pictures for each week of Avi's life. I have posted all of these on our blog through out the year, but here is a summery of those posts. Fifty-two 3x3 grids totaling 468 images in all. I have more beyond these from this past year, but I feel these tell a good story. I hope you enjoy.

I love you Avi! Your dad, Erin.

 

Thanks to family and friends who allowed me to take their photos with my daughter. Thanks to The Impossible Project. Thanks to my wife, Courtney. Thanks to my daughter, Avellana. 

How long has it been since we last posted any Polaroids?

It is a crazy to witness the growth of your child. Over the past few weeks our daughter has grown so much. She has gotten bigger. She started to crawl during our Christmas travels (just figured it out one day). She is recognizing people and objects by their names. It is also amazing to think that she'll be a year old in less than two months. Below are eight more weeks of instant film images using various folding SX-70 cameras with both Impossible Project and Polaroid films.

 Week 38

Week 39

Week 40

Week 41

Week 42

Week 43

Week 44

Week 45  

Weeks 35, 36, & 37 of Avi in Instant Film

Another few weeks with our amazing daughter! I have to admit that a few days ago, I was revisiting some older posts, and I couldn't believe how much she has grown. It is so easy to forget how small Avi was when she was first born. I almost miss her in a sense as that little baby is already gone. However, I can't wait to see where she'll go next. Hope you enjoy.

Week 35

 

Week 36

 

Week 37

All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras using both available light and strobe. Films include Polaroid 600, Impossible Project PX-70 Cool, and one PX-100 UV+ 

A Polaroid summary of things so far...

As my instant film project of Avi continues, I like to combine the 3x3 collages that I do each week from time to time. This allows me not only to see how the project is growing, but to also allow me to look back at these past 8 months and see how much our little girl has grown so far. This represents 315 instant film images.

All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras with Polaroid and The Impossible Project films.

Avi in Polaroid {Weeks 32, 33, & 34}

Another three weeks of our little Avi in Polaroid (and Impossible Project film)! From her first trip to the pumpkin patch, her first costume (sushi!), a trip to Palm Springs, and the Election, Avi has had a busy few weeks.

Week 32 Films include Polaroid 600 and Impossible Project PX100UV+

Week 33 Polaroid 600, Impossible Project Px70 Cool and Impossible Project PX100UV+

Week 34 Polaroid 600 and Impossible Project PX70 Cool 

 

Weeks 29, 30 & 31 of Avi in Polaroids

Three more weeks of Avi Polaroids. It is interesting as I shot mostly the newest Impossible Project films a few weeks ago and this past week have shot mostly expired Polaroid 600 film. Both have their pluses and minuses, but both are still great. The old 600 film is starting to loose contrast and have a warm tone as the film ages beyond it expiration date while the newest Impossible Project films are showing great color and contrast. Add to the fact that you don't have to be as diligent in shielding them from light, the newest Impossible Project films really have taken the torch in instant analog photography. That being said, it is nice to be able to visit the old friend that was once Polaroid 600.

Week 29 SX-70 camera and Impossible Project PX680 Color Protection film.

Week 30 SX-70 with Impossible Project films: PX70 Cool, PX680 Color Protection, PX70 Color Protection, PX100UV+ (with a red 25 filter) 

Week 31 SX-70 with Impossible Project PX70 Cool (cloud shot with a Polarizer filter) and Polaroid 600. 

Weeks 27 and 28 of Avi in Impossible Project Polaroids

I must admit, we have been so so busy with work and life that we are super behind on blogging our weddings and other projects. I wonder if people are starting to think we do nothing but take polaroids of our daughter instead of working? Of course since Avi was born our work has been featured here, here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, and here. The sad thing is that while our work has been all over other blogs, so much of it hasn't been blogged by ourselves. I promise that we will have some wedding work up here for you soon! In the meantime... Santa Barbara, Upstate NY, 6 month check up and shots, tasting some food, and a nice visit up the street to our friend Suthi Picotte.

Week 27

 

Week 28

All images taken with various folding SX-70 Polaroids cameras. Impossible Project films include PX70 Cool, PX70V4B, PX680V4C, PX680 FF, and PX100 UV+ 

Weeks 25 and 26 of Avi

Two more weeks of Avi and another new film from the Impossible Project. This time using a new blend of their 600 speed color film. It has been pretty cool as one friend put it, "it's fun to see Avi and the film grow up". This newest batch of film (PX680 V4C Test) is really impressive. I hope you enjoy.

Week 25

All images with the Impossible Project's new PX680 test film V4C with the exception of the first image (PX680) 

Week 26 All images using the Impossible Project's PX680 Test film V4C

Another Polaroid Summary of Avi

As this project progresses, from time to time I will post a collage showcasing the previous grids all together. Here are all of the various posts from the first week of Avi's life until now at week 23 (216 Polariods in total)! Next week, my post will be exclusivly of some new film by the Impossible Project. The results have been a big jump in instant film and I am really looking forward to have an in-depth review of the new emulsion. Stay tuned!

 

Avi, weeks 1 through 23.

All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras. Film mostly from The Impossible Project and a few leftover packs of Polaroid. 

Weeks 21 through 23 of Avi in Polaroids

The past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for out little Hazel Nut. First, we drove up to SF for an engagement shoot. Then down to Woodside (between Santa Cruz and Palo Alto) for that same couple's wedding. Avi got to meet some of our friends along the way. Then to Sacramento and Oregon to visit family. The great thing about Oregon was the fact that Avi was able to meet not only her Grandma (my mom) but her Great Grand Parents too! I am very lucky to still have all four of my grandparents. After that it was stops back into Sacramento and Tulare (more family) for the drive home. Almost 2000 miles in total. Despite the long drives, having Avi meet more family was awesome.

Week 21 (bottom right photo with the help of Sarah at Modern Kids Co)

Week 22

Week 23

All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras. Films used include The Impossible Project's: PX70 Push!, PX70 Cool, PX 680, and Polaroid Artistic TZ.

Four more weeks of Avi Polaroids {Weeks 17 through 20}

Still shooting polaroids of our little Avi! Now that we are in the thick of wedding season it gets hard to sit down and scan all of them. But more importantly, I am still shooting at least a pic a day of our little girl. Hope you enjoy the pics.

Week 17

Week 18

Week 19

Week 20

All images taken with various SX-70 and SX-70 Sonar cameras. Films used include PX70 Cool, PX680, PX100 Cool, PX600, and Polaroid Artistic TZ.

Three more weeks of Avi captured in Impossible Project Polaroids

Finally had a chance to sit down and scan three weeks worth of Polaroids today (52 images). Avi has had quite a busy few weeks. We shot one wedding in Ojai and took her along for the weekend. We were also lucky enough to shoot back in our old stomping grounds of Napa. We used the opportunity to pass her around to our friends and family along the way. She did pretty well in the car bouncing between Pasadena, Tulare, Sacramento, Napa, and back. Another important milestone for our little one was her 100th day. When I first started this project, my first initial thoughts were to stop at 100 days. It is interesting that 100 days is a common benchmark for people and their goals. In many Asian cultures, the 100th day of life was a time of celebration for the baby and their families. For us, it turned out to be the baby reunion of our birthing class. Somewhat fitting if you ask me as we were there to celebrate all of the new lives that have blessed us.

Week 14

Week 15

Week 16

All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras. Films include Impossible Project's: PX70 Cool, PX70 (12.11), PX100 Cool, PX70 Push, and PX600. One image with old Polaroid film from a recently purchased SX-70 Sonar.

Avellana Weeks 12 and 13 in Polaroid

Two more weeks of Avi Polaroids! Had a quick trip to Hawaii for a wedding. She is such an amazing flyer. So many comments from fellow travelers who were impressed on how well she does on a plane. Hope she continues as we still have two drives to NorCal and two flights to NYC this year!

Week 12

Week13

All images taken with various SX-70 Cameras with Polaroid and Impossible Project instant film: PX70 Cool, PX100 Cool, Px70 Push, and Polaroid Artistic TZ