Artist’s Notes: Always Carry Your Camera & Polaroid Infatuation

Hi Everyone! It’s me, Pineapple.

I’ve been on this whirlwind of excitement ever since finishing a little game called Life Is Strange.

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What sort of significance does a game like this have for an artist? Allow me to explain.

If you don’t know anything about the video game, I would hate to be the one to spoil it for you; therefore, I’m not going to. What you need to know about the game is that it is heavily tied to the life and mind of a photographer (because the main character is one!) So as I was playing it, I was thinking a lot about my own practice.

Things have certainly changed for me as a photographer. Ever since graduating, I haven’t really been working on “art” so to speak. There are no real projects that I’m currently working on. However, that does not mean that I haven’t been continuously taking photographs.

Which brings me to my point: I’ve gotten into the habit of having my camera with me at all times. I bring my camera in my bag whenever I leave the house, and because of this I have been able to capture some amazing moments in life. I remember one of my professors (or friends) telling me to make it a habit, and I’ve finally done it. In fact, I get frustrated when I don’t have my camera on my person somewhere.

Life presents itself with so many wonderful moments that any real photographer must forcefully restrain themselves to not take a picture. I have little restraint these days. I really do enjoy photographing my life. In fact, I do hope one day to look back on my life in pictures (and I can only imagine what that story will look like.)

I would share some of these images with you, alas, that’s not what I’m here for. But I can tell you this: Life Is Strange has inspired me to play around with “instant photography” a.k.a. Polaroids. Some of you may be familiar with the polaroid, but I’m fairly new to it myself. I’ve gotten a small appreciation for it ever since having my camera all the time.

Max, the main character in Life Is Strange, is the same way. She’s always carrying her polaroid camera and taking pictures. I would like to be the same way. Perhaps, this is a phase, but I certainly hope not. I just hope to explore my options as a photographer.

After finishing the game, I began to do some research into Polaroids. I found out that Polaroid is no longer a company and they stopped making their film product in 2008. However, since that time a few sources have erupted to keep the culture of instant photography alive, most notably The Impossible Project. I really do think you ought to at least watch their introductory trailer to see what they’re about.

Aside from them (along with Fujifilm and Lomography), the culture of Polaroids is really cool. Sure, perhaps something like this is outdated, but I don’t really care. The lovely thing about photographs is that anyone can take a really good photograph, no matter how it’s done. What separates amateurs from seasoned people is the ability to consistently make good photos.

I digress. I’ve already made an investment. I’ll be using the free Polaroid One600 I was gifted to make instant photos, and I’ve already ordered some medium format film for it too. I can’t wait to see what photos I’ll make. I’m really excited! 😀

So, what I will say thus far is that carrying your camera around all the time is a very good habit. I don’t think I’ll break it anymore. I’ve missed golden moments because of it, and I don’t want to do it again. I think in the future, my next hurdle will be to embed the instinct of reaching for my camera at a moment’s notice.

In the future, I think I’ll come back and speak more on instant photography. First, I have to get some Polaroids under my belt..!

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