I have been messing with my “gifted” Polaroid One600 camera for the past month now, and it has done so much for me. So, in honor of the impact instant film has had on my life, I will ramble about my thoughts on instant film.
At first when I picked it up, it was solely because I had caught inspiration to do so from Life Is Strange (video game); however, now, I love it because I love the medium. 🙂 Anyway, I had no idea what to expect from this camera of mine and I had no idea how much shooting with it would change me.
It’s gotten to the point where I’m starting to fall in love all over again with analog photography. I mean, I’ll always have digital, but there’s something magical about analog that digital will never reproduce. Perhaps, it is because analog is more intimate, more romantic (at least in my eyes.)
I have found out a lot, and very quickly I will add, about instant film over the past half-month. I mean, there is a lot of love and hate about instant film but I suppose just getting straight to my findings would be best. I’ll save the proper emotions for when I bring up those topics.
I think I’ll break this down between technical findings and then personal associations, starting with technical findings. A lot of them have come from research prior to trying it out myself, but I suppose going over the basics and my findings won’t hurt.
The biggest thing I’ve noticed is the lack of control in instant pictures. Think about the process for a moment. When I want to take an instant picture, a number of things are happening all at once that affect the ultimate result:
The film inside of the cartridge is a very unique set of circumstances. It’s got all of the necessary components inside of its packaging to develop an image, stop the development process, fix the image to its surface, and produce color if desired.
I’ve been on this whirlwind of excitement ever since finishing a little game called Life Is Strange.
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.
This is the first For the Artist in Me post, and unsurprisingly, I’m focusing on my latest project entitled Things That Last. This project is the work that I completed for my exiting semester of my bachelor’s degree (a.k.a my thesis work.)
Things That Last is an autobiographical book project consisting of illustrative photographs and short stories. The work was designed to be presented solely as a book; however, it has been formated for portfolio presentation too in order to present the general idea of the project (which you will see below as well.)
Without further ado, please enjoy into the work. Specifications for the artworks themselves are located underneath the presented work. All additional information (commentary, notes, statements, etc.) is located on the next page of this post.
Print sizes: 11×14 in
Medium: Archival Inkjet Paper
It’s currently 3:24AM where I am. Of course, because my sleep pattern has been thrown off as of late, I’m falling asleep at decent times yet waking up in them middle of the night unable to go back to sleep.
Well, tonight I found myself thinking about a number of things. I thought mostly about what I’m going to do to keep myself entertained (you know, something to fill up my time with meaning.) I woke up yesterday and I felt like nothing important really happened. I just kind of drifted through the day, like a ghost.
After it reached 1AM and I found myself unable to sleep, the house quieted, and my night-light on so as not to consume vast amounts of electricity and wake anyone else in the house, I started letting my mind wander.