So here's this month's film post... brought to you by polaroids/instant film or in other words my bank account. Ha. All joking aside I did have most of this stuff on hand, but when I started thinking of cost per photo, (anywhere from $1.12-3.27 a photo, depending on which camera/film I used) I couldn't believe how much cash-money-yo I burned through with this month's challenge.
This is not to say I regret it, but I did feel (and this may sound silly) disappointed by my polaroid taking skills. When I take a photo on digital or even 35 mm film I do have a pretty good idea what the outcome of the photo will be... not so with polaroid, I tried different angles, shooting through glass, close ups... needless to say I haven't shared any of those. It's not that I haven't used polaroid before but I was thinking way more about the shot with this challenge and maybe that's just not how to think about polaroid. So technically I sometimes found it difficult to capture exactly what I wanted, but, what you will see in the ones I did share is that I froze little moments of my life on a day to day basis that I found beauty in. For instance, my kid's closed eyes in his dad's lap, playing footsies with my husband, my mom playing with her grandson in her scrubs (she was on her way to work but in the neighbourhood so she had to stop by), Sol's love for dirt, my son's baby feet hanging out of the stroller, and my dogs trying to hang out with the humans in the front yard. I will say what I love about polaroids is the imperfections, the out of focus-grainy-dusty-matte look. It's as if I'm looking at old albums and now I can put these in my own album for my kids to look at when they're older and that makes my heart swell.
I would like to do another polaroid challenge (probably next year) and hopefully by then I will have learned more about them, any readers out there have any tips?? I was just in Calgary yesterday and if you follow my instagram (@rolphotos) you will have seen that I stocked up on 35mm and polaroid film and just stuffed my pentax with a new roll, so by next month I'll be back to 35mm! By the way I'm in love with impossible project's b&w film with the black frame that you'll see below... so good.