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.

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.

Week 24 of Avi's Polaroids {with an Impossible Project's PX70 V4B test film review}

Avi just finished her 24th week with us. Can't believe she is getting so big! This weeks polaroids are a lot of fun as I was shooting with some test film released by the Impossible Project. Now... before I get into this new batch of film, let back track a bit with my experiences with Impossible Project film. When Polaroid was alive and well, I shot a lot of packfilm and 4x5 film. The stuff that I was using mostly was for proofing of strobe lighting, or having fun with older land cameras. I really wasn't shooting a whole lot of integral film mainly because I didn't own an SX-70. I was spending enough money on film and cameras at the time that I didn't feel the need to try another medium. And after all, it was always there. I could get some later. Then, after art school, Courtney and I got married. We used a few Polaroid cameras for our wedding and I really enjoyed them. We took one on our little mini-moon up the California coast. Love! Unfortunately, that was in June of 2007 and a year later, Polaroid stopped producing film. I was really bummed. I felt like I missed out on a whole segment of photography that I really would ever be able to enjoy. It was lost, gone into the past like so many other films that were disappearing. Then came the announcement of the Impossible Project. I was excited. I bought four different SX-70 cameras off of eBay. I was ready. But... the film that first came out wasn't that great. I soon learned that The Impossible Project was starting from scratch. Many of the materials for Polaroid weren't available any longer. Patience was the word online from them. But, as a consumer I had to keep buying the stuff. If I didn't, how else would this company stay afloat?

Now, this brings me to the review of the new film (currently called PX70 V4B). One of the main points of frustration was the need to shield the film from light when it was ejected from the camera. At first, I really didn't understand the importance of this. The film would be washed out, lacking in color and/or contrast. Once this was figured out, one would then have to perfect their technique of shielding the film and getting it into a dark place for the next 10 minutes or more. It was a bit of a pain. This new batch of film take care of this problem. You no longer have to shield it from light right when it comes out of the camera. I still let it brew in a dark box as it processes, but fumbling with shields or hoping that I don't drop it while trying to put it into a box isn't a problem any longer. Just shoot, and casually put it away. Another improvement is the shadow depth. They are much deeper and are much much smoother. With the older films, the shadows would be super blotchy. I once read someone describe the shadows of the film as a "snake skin effect". But, this new film's shadows are amazingly smooth. But with these new improvements, there is a drawback. The time it takes for this film to process is ridiculously  long. Part of the joy of the original Polaroid film was the ability to watch the image develop before your eyes. With this new film, you should be prepared to toss a couple of beers, or watch an episode of your favorite TV show while the image processes. This is a problem because by the time the image is viewable, the subject matter may no longer be there, or the light might have changed. You really want to be dialed into your camera with this film as you may not be able to get another shot.

So, is this new film perfect? No. But, it is the best yet and the progress that The Impossible Project is making is pretty impressive. The only thing left is for them to release it publicly so I can buy more. Hope you enjoy!

Week 24

All shot with Impossible Project's PX70 V4B on folding SX70 cameras.

PX70 V4B vs PX70 Cool {plus the time it took to process}

After five minutes, you can see the image on the PX70 Cool starting to show, but not the new PX70V4B

Ha! I just realized I had the text reversed on the PX70 Cool.

After 25 minutes, I had to run out the door, but you get the idea of how long the new stuff take to process. 

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.

Avi Week 3 {Impossible Polaroids}

We have had a great three weeks with our little Avi! However, we know that it is now time to get back to work. We have so much to blog it is a bit over whelming. But for now, we'll start off with our weekly post of Avellana captured with our various SX-70s using Impossible Project Polaroids. We hope you enjoy these little glimpses into our little girl's life. Stay tuned for more frequent wedding and engagement postings (along with a few family stuff in between). Happy Easter (and Passover for our Jewish friends)!  

All images taken with Polaroid SX-70 Cameras using various Impossible Project Polaroid films: PX-70 (12/11), PX-70 Push, PX-680 First Flush, and PX-600 Silver Shade.